United States

Sports power couple hopes IVF can ‘cure’ crippling disease

Throughout their eight-year relationship, Allie LaForce and Joe Smith have dreamed of having a family. LaForce, a basketball reporter for TNT, wants four children, while her husband, a pitcher with the Houston Astros who started his career with the Mets, has a more practical approach: “Let’s start with one,” he tells The Post. But the hope and enthusiasm around trying to become parents has been tempered by fear that Smith could pass on a devastating genetic illness to his offspring — and ultimately led LaForce and Smith on a mission to halt its spread. The 34-year-old hurler is now watching his mother, Lee, battle Huntington’s disease, a complicated neurodegenerative disorder that affects patients’ movements, cognitive ab ...