About a thousand families will be at Little Hills Ranch in San Ramon on Sunday to celebrate what many of us too often take for granted — life.
The event, called 'Family Day,' is being sponsored by the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area. The RSC is a leader in fertility treatment, helping parents bring children into their lives.
One Danville family that will be in attendance Sunday understands how precious life can be and what it's like to live through a parents worse nightmare.
In October 2003, Carmen Pack of Danville was taking a walk with her children Alana, 7, and Troy, 10, when a drunk driver swerved across the road. Alana and Troy were hit and killed. The immense pain, trauma and loss she endured was devastating, she said.
What she wanted more than anything was to be a mom.
“I was put on this earth to be a mother, and I had a lot missing after my children were taken from me,” Carmen explains. “I knew I couldn't give up until I was a mother again.”
At age 44, her low ovarian reserve wouldn’t allow for a pregnancy. An egg donor would be necessary. Her niece, Pamela, offered to help Carmen and become her egg donor. Eggs retrieved from Pamela were then fertilized with Carmen’s husband’s sperm.
After a transfer of two embryos, Carmen was the hopeful mother-to-be for two twin boys. But the drunk driver trial proved too stressful for her body to endure, and she lost both boys nearing her sixth month of pregnancy.
Not being discouraged, Carmen tried again. This time there was no miscarriage and Carmen became the mother of a baby girl named Noelle, who is now six years old.
Their physician, Dr. Louis Weckstein of Reproductive Science Center, took a personal interest in working with Carmen and Bob.
“After the devastation they had been through, I wanted to give them hope,” Dr. Weckstein explains. “I told her we wouldn’t stop until we had succeeded.”
--Information for this article was provided by Gina Kremer.