WARNER ROBINS -- A Warner Robins native serving in the Air Force is in a contest with an unusual prize, and winning it couldn’t be more important to her.
Kristina Haslett-Morin, a 28-year-old graduate of Warner Robins High School, and her husband, James Morin, are competing to win a fertility treatment. Both have fertility issues, so having a baby without intervention is out of the question for them.
The Facebook contest is sponsored by NewLIFE fertility center in Pensacola, Florida. NewLIFE is short for New Leaders in Fertility and Endocrinology.
The couple can win by getting more “likes” on their photo on the NewLIFE Facebook page than the other couples in the contest. The deadline for the contest is Dec. 15.
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Winning the contest, the couple said, would mean everything to them.
“I can’t picture not having children,” said Haslett-Morin, a staff sergeant serving at Duke Field.
The easiest way to get to their Facebook photo is to type www.tinyurl.com/babymorin into the web browser, then click “like” next to the photo.
The couple entered the contest July 15 and were leading Wednesday with more than 7,000 likes.
“We’ve been talking to a lot of friends,” said Haslett-Morin who has served in the Air Force 10 years. Her husband also served in the Air Force, and that’s how they met. Morin later left the military service and took a job as a contractor in Afghanistan, but he was injured after four months on the job and had to return home. He now works as a landscaper.
Before they married in 2011, the couple had a taste of parenthood. Morin thought he had an 8-year-old daughter and she lived with them for a few months. He fought the child’s mother for custody, but as they were about to go to court, the mother revealed the girl wasn’t his daughter, and DNA tests confirmed it.
They would have kept her anyway, they said, but they had no legal standing to do so.
Haslett-Morin said having the child live with them gave their life a greater sense of purpose and structure, and they became determined to have one of their own.
Military health care does not cover fertility treatments, so they paid for a treatment themselves at a cost of $8,000, a discount for military members. That treatment failed. They want to try again but can’t afford to pay for another one right now.
Haslett-Morin and her husband were back in Warner Robins this week visiting her parents, Robert and Therese Haslett. She said she hopes her Middle Georgia friends will take time to “like” their photo and potentially help them have a child.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.