NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sharing their story of heartbreak with the nation turned into a life-changing ordeal for one Nashville couple.
During their 10 year marriage, Tim and Jessica Simpson have struggled to start a family. They have endured countless fertility treatments, experienced a miscarriage, and the premature birth of their baby, Nora, who didn't survive.
With money and patience running out, they decided to enter a national contest by the Sher Fertility Institute. They created a video depicting their struggles and submitted it. After making it through two rounds of voting, and beating out 100 other applicants, they won.
"Our phones starting going off," said Tim Simpson. "We checked our phones, found out we won and just started yelling inside the car."
"This means the world, really," said Jessica Simpson. "This has really helped us believe this is going to happen sooner rather than later."
As winners, they will receive a $10,000 In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment for free. They are scheduled to meet with officials at the Sher Institute in St. Louis in a couple of weeks. They are hopeful, if everything goes according to plan, they will be pregnant by the end of the year.
"Now it is really hitting home, and we are getting excited to plan for it," said Tim Simpson.
"It's our chance to start a family, which is something we have been trying to do for a long time," said Jessica Simpson. "Now this puts us one step closer."
The Sher Fertility Clinic has multiple locations across the country. The company has donated 50 free IVF cycles to couples over the last three years.