Families come in all shapes and sizes these days. The Donor Solution provides a way for young women to help make families possible for others by being an egg donor right here in Phoenix.
“Most often our donors are average girls ages 21 to 29, who are in school and they come across this great way to help someone while also being able to take the $5,000 to $7,000 compensation and quit their part-time job to focus on school or relax about paying rent for a while,” says Mary M. Fusillo, RN, BSN, MS and the founder and executive director of The Donor Solution. “We call it ‘women helping women’ so it’s really a win-win situation.”
The Donor Solution recruits on the ASU campus, but Fusillo says it can be a tricky process.
“It can be difficult because everyone is there, so reaching our target market is more challenging. We are offering a great opportunity to these girls because we are physically here—you can come to our office or call us or text us. This isn’t something you sign up for online and then never meet us,” Fusillo says. “We’re into personal relationships with our donors. We have to pick the cream of the crop—and that’s not to say in terms of physical appeal—but rather we need people who are who they say they are.”
While integrity is an essential characteristic of a donor, there are other aspects that are desired in a donor as well.
“I would say the biggest problem in this business is recruiting the right kind of person. It’s not a beauty competition, which is what some people might think. It’s about having good genes, being bright [and]your education,” Fusillo says. “Most people want someone fairly decent looking but personality tends to be more important.”
Once a donor is selected and her paperwork is received by the clinic. it can take anywhere from 30 days to 4 to 5 months. The process depends on the schedules of the participants and the amount of testing needed.
For those concerned about the pain involved in being a donor, Fusillo says this should be a minor concern.
“We use auto-injectors, which are pretty pain-free. The actual retrieval can be uncomfortable but you are given pain medication,” Fusillo says. “It’s much less painful than regular surgery and people tell me it’s about as painful as getting your wisdom teeth out—sore for a couple of days and then back to normal.”
When it comes to the media, Fusillo says there is a lot of negativity and misinformation about the medical risks of being an egg donor. However, with more than 25 years of experience in the business Fusillo has yet to see any negative results from donors’ participation in this process.
“Years ago I worked as a trauma nurse and there I was, knee-deep in blood and guts in the trauma center,” Fusillo says. “I realized you can take a lot of different paths when it comes to nursing. Here I am 25 years later, CEO of two businesses and I get to help people become parents. I love it, I love the work I do and I love being a parent.”
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