With over 220 people already registered, the Chicago Promise Walk for Preeclampsia is one of the biggest in the country and has so many stories–stories of survival, stories of loss, stories of pain. These women and their families come together now on May 20th to acknowledge those journeys and raise awareness of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
The Chicago Promise Walk was born of another Preeclampsia Foundation event. Saving Grace, the Foundation’s annual gala was held in Chicago in 2009. Three of the volunteers from that event were so moved by the support and turnout that they decided to expand upon that success and bring the Promise Walk to Chicago. In their first year, they brought in over $30,000.
Having introduced the option of an official 5k to the Promise Walk last year, Chicago will offer that again and also will host a full family fest at the conclusion of the walk. Participants can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, a presentation from Dance Dance Dynamics and a visit from Ozzie, the Kane County Cougar’s mascot.
Johanna Aiken, Chicago Promise Walk Chair, looks forward to sharing in the camaraderie and support from fellow survivors and the families, friends and co-workers that attend. “This year we have an OB-Gyn office team and another company, cleverbridge has a team. This increase in corporate responsibility is crucial. It spreads the awareness beyond someone’s immediate family and friends and shows people that their employers care.”
If you’d like to come together and enjoy a day filled with fun all while doing a good deed, register now at www.promisewalk.org/chicago. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more information contact Johanna Aiken at email@example.com.