Turning their grief into helping others, in 2021 Mike and Megan Scherer founded a non-profit organization: Worth the Wait.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — A cancer diagnosis can put your life plans on the back burner — plans like starting a family.

Fertility preservation or adoption preservation may not be feasible for financial reasons, especially in addition to medical bills. A The town of Genoa the couple knows this first hand. That is why they have made it their mission to help others.

From their photos, it’s clear that high school students Mike and Megan Scherer had a good time. They got married on the beach and now have a 5-year-old son, Elliott.

But after they tied the knot, their world unraveled. At the age of 26, Mike was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

“It was a shock that it happened so young,” he said.

After undergoing chemotherapy, the cancer was eventually left behind. Focused on creating a family. But they will face another obstacle: infertility.

“We went through about two and a half years of infertility treatments to get Elliott,” Megan said. – He was our miracle. We were at the very last stage and then we said, “If this doesn’t work, we’ve already met with an adoption agency” and here comes Elliot!

They tried another one, but to no avail. Turning their grief into helping others, they began It’s worth waiting in 2021. This is a non-profit organization that helps cancer patients realize their dream of starting a family someday.

So far they have helped 16 people. Morgan Robinson is one.

“When you guys chose me, chose me, gave me this opportunity, I felt worthy,” Robinson said.

Robinson said the money she received to freeze her eggs before starting treatment gave her a sense of control.

“I can plan that future, I can have it set in stone, and all of a sudden you know, now I have baby names on my phone,” Robinson said with a smile.

“We want to make sure that cancer survivors get out of cancer and live as vibrant a life as they would if they didn’t have cancer at all,” Mike said.

Worth the Wait recently received a grant from the Columbus Foundation. These dollars will go directly to two young adult cancer survivors living in Central Ohio who need financial assistance to adopt a child.

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