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Brad and Miranda London are looking for help with the heavy costs they have faced while trying to start a family.
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PLOVER – Miranda London knew her path to becoming a mother would be unconventional.

As a 17-year-old at Stevens Point Area Senior High School, London (then named Miranda Sexton) was diagnosed with gonadoblastoma, a form of ovarian cancer so rare that at the time doctors were able to find only one other person her age who suffered from it. The cancer had been caused when female cells divided abnormally, with one or three X chromosomes in some cells rather than the normal two.

Surgery removed the cancer, but also Miranda’s ovaries and fallopian tubes. At the time, the concern was less about the future than about getting back to a normal life. During the early stages of recovery, Miranda was unable to lift her arms and needed assistance to walk up and down the driveway. With support from family and friends, she returned to school in just a couple of weeks and eventually went back to playing basketball and softball at SPASH.

Now 31, she lives in Madison with her husband, Brad London, and works as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. It’s a career path based in part on her experience as a teen patient.

The couple, married three years in October, sought to start a family, going through a donor egg program and four failed attempts at in vitro fertilization. That process resulted in a bill of around $60,000; the procedure is not covered by insurance. After taking time off, the Londons opted to pursue adoption. They are working with American Adoptions — a national nonprofit domestic adoption agency billed as one of…