The Rancics, who attended the annual Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group luncheon on Sunday, have a special connection to the state: their Denver-based fertility doctor suggested surrogacy after a routine mammogram before Giuliana’s in vitro fertilization treatment revealed breast cancer that required a double mastectomy.
Despite the frightening ordeal of breast cancer, the couple said finding a surrogate was also “scary.”
“Giuliana was more concerned about the surrogate eating fried chicken,” Bill joked to an audience of 600, which included many breast cancer survivors. “I’m not worried about her eating fried chicken – I’m worried about her smoking crack.”
“For anyone who’s thought about surrogacy, it is scary,” Giuliana said. “It’s like having a babysitter 24 hours a day for nine months.”
But the couple said finding the perfect surrogate in Denver alleviated a lot of their fears. “Clean living here,” Bill said. “I felt much better. The water – everything about this state – is great.”
Giuliana agreed: “It has to be Colorado or bust.”
The couple, whose journey to parenthood is documented on their Style Network reality show, say they’re connected to the woman who is carrying their child. Their surrogate is a French former au pair in her mid 30s living in Denver who has cared for children since moving to the U.S.
“It’s a tremendous gift,” Bill said. “Certainly we want to show her our gratitude. We plan on maintaining a relationship with her.”
Picking a Name
The Rancics said picking a name for their son is “a game-time decision.” Bill said he’s looking at NFL quarterback names and the names of Fortune 500 CEOs. “No pressure,” he joked.
Giuliana said maybe they’d consider a local name like “Vail” or “Denver,” but never a Hollywood name like “Pink Sky.”
Regardless of his name, Bill said his unborn son has already had such a positive impact on so many lives.
“That kid is going to be one very special kid, because not only did he save your life,” Bill said to Giuliana, “but as a result of this whole process – had we never gone through IVF, we would never have found out [about her cancer].”
“You going public [with the news],” he added, “this little guy that we’re going to have has probably saved hundreds of women’s lives because he will have motivated them to go out and get checked and be proactive.”