Almost 13 years ago, Cheryl chose to use Todd's donated sperm to have a child. "I desperately wanted a baby, and I was hearing my biological clock ticking," she says. "I wasn't in a relationship that I thought was going to lead to that, and I felt like an anonymous sperm donor would not be a legal hassle for me."
For many years, Cheryl raised her son, Gavin, without a father figure. Then, less than a year ago, they connected with Todd. Since that day, Todd says he's seen Gavin several times. "I've been out to the house," he says. "We go on vacations together."
Unlike many donor-conceived children who never learn their father's true identity, Gavin now has someone to call Dad.
"It's been wonderful for my son," Cheryl says. "This has just totally enriched our lives. ... We are definitely a family."