An incredible story of generosity that brought us to tears

Posted on Dec 01, 2016

On a day in November, when all CHR physicians attended above noted Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, a former CHR patient from another major East Coast City arrived at CHR “to see Dr. Gleicher for just a short two minutes.” Unfortunately, he was out of the office and, she, therefore, left an envelope for him with her former clinical coordinator.

She in 2013 had come to CHR for an initial consultation with CHR’s Medical Director and Chief Scientist, Norbert Gleicher, MD, after having been advised by two different prominent IVF centers in her home town that, because of her elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level, her only chance of pregnancy was with use of donor eggs. After reviewing her history, Dr. Gleicher explained to the patient that, based on her high FSH level of 34.0 IU/mL and undetectable anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), she clearly suffered from severe premature ovarian aging (POA), but, because at age 38 she was still young, he was confident he could still offer her a decent chance of pregnancy with her own eggs. He started her on DHEA supplementation and, lo and behold, after two months of supplementation the patient conceived spontaneously without any further treatments, and went on to deliver a healthy baby girl.

When two days later Dr. Gleicher returned to his office, he found a beautiful greeting card on his desk, with a ribbon around it that in large golden letter said “thank you.” Upon opening the card, he found the following handwritten note:

Doctor Gleicher,

I just wanted to say thank you for your kindness. You gave me so much hope. Without you it would not have been possible. I have tried to see you for the last two years, but I was very busy. Rightly so!

Please accept the gift. It is just a small token of appreciation. A small budget I had to work with you that I ended up not spending. Please kindly apply it towards another woman’s treatment if she cannot afford your services or put it into your foundation (I don’t need a receipt).

I am really grateful that I was able to find you and work with you.


The "small token gift" was a check for $10,000, which was deposited on behalf of the patient into The Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, a not-for-profit research foundation that supports reproductive research at CHR and elsewhere.

What makes this story so remarkable, and so appropriate for the Holiday Season, is that this was not a wealthy patient but a patient with very limited resources.

The Foundation for Reproductive Medicine very generously supports research at CHR, and CHR, therefore, strongly encourages donations to this foundation. In making an under the law tax-deductible donation to this foundation, you can be assured that 100% of donated funds go toward research and education in reproductive medicine since CHR covers all of the foundation’s overhead costs. If you are interested in making a donation to the foundation before the year’s end, please mail your check to The Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, 551 Madison Avenue, Suite 700, New York, N.Y. 10022, use your credit card via PayPal on the Foundation's website, or contact the foundation for further information at or 646-882-0840.

This is a part of the December 2016 CHR VOICE.

Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS

Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS

Norbert Gleicher, MD, leads CHR’s clinical and research efforts as Medical Director and Chief Scientist. A world-renowned specialist in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and lectured globally while keeping an active clinical career focused on ovarian aging, immunological issues and other difficult cases of infertility.

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