By Graham Sweeney
On Monday night, Mayor Stan Joyner and the Collierville Board of Alderman presented the Tennessee Fertility Advocates a Proclamation acknowledging National Infertility Awareness Week in the Town of Collierville. The Proclamation states that “infertility affects women and men equally and does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or socioeconomic level. All people challenged in their family building journey should have access to all family building options.” Family building options include adoption and medical treatment, such as in vitro fertilization and third-party reproduction. Tennessee Fertility Advocates organizers Mollie Walker and Lauren Brown, who were both present Monday night, met when they were five years old and instantly became friends. Their paths became intertwined again at an older age but this time it was due to their own infertility struggles. After both participated at RESOLVE’s Federal Advocacy Day, they felt a deep desire to give their pain a purpose and bring awareness and change at a state level. Together, they created Tennessee Fertility Advocates and are excited and optimistic for what’s to come. April 24-30 has been designated National Infertility Awareness Week in Collierville.