Married for more than a decade, Chris and Glenda Raon endured years of heartbreak, spending nearly $30,000 of their own money on unsuccessful fertility treatments. But then in February, they received a phone call from a friend alerting them that a baby girl was up for adoption.
"Our prayers of becoming parents have been answered," they wrote on their adoption fundraising page on GoFundMe.com, which they set up in March.
Friends and family helped the couple meet their $10,000 fundraising goal in two months, half the time they had expected. Dipping into their savings for the rest of the funds, the couple hopes their adoption of Madalynn will be finalized by September.
"A lot of people can say they have your back, but to see it in action is definitely a different experience," Chris said.
Hopeful parents to be are turning to crowdfunding sites to raise thousands from friends, family and even complete strangers.