One Cambridge Springs couple gives the ultimate gift to a husband and wife in Boston.
Though they were strangers at first, these two couples are now close friends and share a remarkable experience together.
Rachel Henry was just a baby when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Sarcoma Botryoides. At 16 months old, she underwent a partial hysterectomy.
Henry says, “I knew for a very long time that wouldn’t be allowed…or able to have children on my own.”
However, doctors preserved Rachel’s ovaries, giving her hope that one day she may be able to have children through a gestational carrier.
Cambridge Springs couple, Stacy and Brandon Cowie, juggle 3 local businesses and 5 children of their own. The Cowie’s have a heart for charity, donating around $20,000 each year to different organizations.
Brandon says, “Even though we donate so much monetarily through Outland Studios, it just didn’t feel like we were doing enough. I just didn’t feel like we were giving back appropriately.”
They looked into giving another couple the ultimate gift, the gift of life.
Stacy explains, “We’ve been so blessed with our kids and you don’t realize what other people go through to have a baby.”
Around the same time the Cowie’s made this decision, Rachel and her husband Matt, decided they were finally ready for children. The two couples matched through a reproductive agency and immediately hit it off.
“Right away, as soon as I saw her profile, I thought…wow, this person is too good to be true,” says Henry.
One thing Rachel and Stacy immediately bonded over is a line of natural products that Stacy has been carrying in her boutique for the past 2 years.
“Rachel actually works for Andalou Naturals,” says Stacy, “so that was kind of cool that we had that connection as well.”
With Rachel and Matt’s reproductive material, doctors created an embryo, and placed the embryo inside of Stacy’s belly.
“I share no DNA with her,” Stacy says, “I just baked her in my oven basically.”
Kensington Leigh Henry arrived 9 pounds, 22 inches long at UPMC Hamot on March 29th.
The Henrys chose Kensie’s middle name after Stacy, whose middle name is also Leigh.