National Walk Coordinator Becky Sloan describes a Walk Coordinator as being a little like a party planner…if you’ve put on a birthday party, organized a wedding or planned an event you are definitely qualified. This year, the Promise Walk have been fortunate enough to be joined by a number of new coordinators and their teams, all of who are eager to have a productive and successful Promise Walk season. So take some time to get to know them… and think about joining their ranks!
Tiffany Trevers – San Jose, CA – Tiffany knew little of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome until it struck in the 28th week of her pregnancy. Her son would go on to spend almost three months in the NICU after being born just slightly over two pounds. Fighting back from become quite ill even after delivery, Tiffany spent time in the ICU before being able to come home. Her journey to the Preeclampsia Foundation helped her through her subsequent high risk pregnancy with her second son.
Amanda Meier – Denver, CO – Amanda says that her involvement with the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Promise Walk just “followed naturally” after the experiences she went through. Having delivered her baby at 31 weeks after developing preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, Amanda now is determined to raise awareness of preeclampsia in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, and has already organized local events beyond the 2011 Promise Walk.
Kellie Beadle – Indianapolis, IN – “I suffered severe postpartum PE with my first and only daughter…I feel the medical field needs to be more informative to expectant mothers about preeclampsia. We attended multiple birthing classes and PE was never touched upon. Knowing what I know now…I had many warning signs, but didn’t know that they were connected to PE. I brushed off as normal pregnancy issues.”
Marlene Bradley – West Chester, OH – At 24 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors diagnosed Marlene with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Forced to deliver her baby in order to save her life, her daughter Madison didn’t make it. Like so many, Marlene had never heard of preeclampsia or HELLP until faced with the impact they would have on her life. Her later google searches brought her to the Preeclampsia Foundation for information and support.
The Michigan Team (Jamie Schmidt, Cindi Hillman, Kata Lakovic, Diane Williams, and Shannon Donoghue) – Lansing, MI - Jamie joined the Preeclampsia Foundation as a volunteer in 2008 after losing her son during the 5th month of her pregnancy. Cindi joined in 2009 after losing her 25-year old daughter to preeclampsia and HELLP after delivering Cindi’s granddaughter. Kata and Diane became involved after Kata gave birth in 2009 at 38 weeks due to Severe PE and Class I HELLP. Shannon suffered from preeclampsia with both of her pregnancies, and thankfully both of her children were born healthy. She became a volunteer to help stop this disease. They have all come together as a team to make a difference.
Each coordinator brings a different story, has each been touched in a different way, and has found strength through volunteering. What is your story? Share it…plan a walk today!