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Code Blue Seizures Lead to a Red Hot Passion…Preeclampsia Activism

March 30, 2011

After the harrowing experiences of the birth of her first child, Becky Sloan went looking for answers and like many of us, found the Preeclampsia Foundation.  She took the reins of the San Diego Promise Walk for Preeclampsia four years ago (the walk itself is in its fifth year) and became the National Walk Coordinator in 2010.

In 2004, Becky was pregnant, not feeling well and not getting answers from her physician.  While driving herself to the ER and then subsequently going into code blue seizures, it hadn’t yet occurred to Becky that she’d become an ardent supporter of the Preeclampsia Foundation and an activist for preeclampsia awareness, but that’s just what she’s become.

The San Diego walk has grown to one of the larger in the country with over 120 people and nearly $16,000 in funds raised in 2010.  The San Diego Promise Walk hopes to bring in $20,000 this year with support from what they hope are 150 walkers.

As in past years, those attending can enjoy face painting, a silent auction and amazing breakfast burritos!  Definitely, a treat!  This year’s featured speaker will present her story of survival after living through HELLP syndrome.

The San Diego team works to create “an intimate day where we honor preeclampsia survivors and remember those we have lost to preeclampsia.” According to Becky, “we share our stories hoping to understand what happened to us without possibly ever knowing why.  We come together to raise awareness and funds to hopefully find a cause and one day even a cure to preeclampsia.”

If you’d like to join walkers in San Diego, go to http://www.promisewalk.org/pfpw/fundevent.asp?nnaffundid=5.

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