Baby's birth is couple's dream come true

Published 04/25 2013 05:38PM

Updated 04/25 2013 05:40PM

CHAMPAIGN -- For one couple, the past few days have been a dream come true. They didn't know if they'd ever be able to have a baby. Now, they're new parents and it's all thanks to a community Taking Action. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw finds out how neighbors played a huge role.

When Jamie and Jason Gagnon found out they'd need fertility treatments, they knew it would be a long road. But, with the help of family, friends and co-workers, this week they finally welcomed a new baby boy to the family. Four days old, and at 5 pounds 7 ounces, the Gagnon's spent the last five years waiting for baby Rylan Richard to come along.

"I went to school to teach children. It's just always been a passion. I've always wanted to have a baby of my own."

"Absolutely perfect. Couldn't ask for anything more."

"When I found out I was pregnant, it was amazing."

But, it wasn't easy. They tried all kinds of fertility treatments. Finally, the doctor recommended finding an egg donor. The process would cost about $7,000.

"If that's what we have to do, and that's our option for a child, we'll figure something out."

So the couple sold cookbooks, held bake sales and started a Facebook page to share their story. Before long, donations started rolling in.

"We didn't expect that much support, and we're very grateful for it."

"Even people who didn't know us, 'oh, they want to have a child and they're doing everything possible,' let's help them out."

They say it takes a village to raise a child. No one knows better than Jamie and Jason Gagnon. Sunday, their family was finally complete.

"You don't really get an opportunity like this, so I'll be there for him."

The Gagnon's say they're just so thankful to everyone who's helped them, especially the donor. They don't know who it was, but it was a dream come true.

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