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Arizona Couple Uses Crowdfunding To Have Baby, Needs $20,000

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Tired of waiting on a stork to bring them a baby, an Arizona couple has turned to the internet for $20,000 to start their family CBS5 reports.

Melissa and Robert Stombaugh of Mesa, AZ have been attempting to have a baby for the past three and half years.

“It’s been really hard, stressful. You just pray every night something’s going to happen,” said Robert Stombaugh.

The couple has faced fertility issues and has actually attempted in vitro fertilization once before.  That procedure was unsuccessful.

So after years of keeping their pregnancy matters private, the couple has decided to go public with a GoFundMe campaign looking to raise $20,000

“If we can raise $20,000 that would cover almost all the costs for round two and three,” said Melissa Stombaugh.

According to their GoFundMe account, they’ve currently raised $1,570 and are very thankful for the “love and support.”

GoFundMe, a personal funding website that allows users to raise money for personal causes, is one of many crowdfunding sites that appeared recently, joining the likes of Kickstarter, Crowdfunder, Indiegogo, and many more.

Kickstarter in general has gained public attention after Washington State’s attorney general filed what is believed to be the government’s first action against crowdfunding.  According to Michael Wolf, a technology market research on WBUR, this could damage the idea of crowdfunding, comparing scams on sites to card games from the past.

However, Melissa and Robert Stombaugh remain hopeful that their GoFundMe campaign works and say that if they can’t have a baby on their own, they would be open to adoption.

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