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Delivering Change: A Promise to the Future

February 22, 2017

Want an easy way to make a difference? Need a way to get your youngest participants involved?

Join us for the “2017 Delivering Change Challenge”!

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Here’s what you need to do!

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The Peter Joseph Pappas Team Walks in Philly to End Preeclampsia

February 21, 2017

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Lauren Pappas and her husband Clement came to the Preeclampsia Foundation under the worst of circumstances – the loss of their infant son Peter Joseph. In 2016, they joined the Philadelphia/South Jersey Promise Walk for Preeclampsia and rallied all of their friends, family, co-workers and loved ones to join the Peter Joseph Pappas Team to raise local awareness and help to fund research to end preeclampsia. They are looking forward to another great season of delivering hope to other families like theirs with their full team’s support.

Here’s more about why Lauren believes so strongly in being a Promise Walk team captain.

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Team Bangel Celebrates in Indianapolis

February 14, 2017
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Erin Bangel (center in black jacket) with her whole team at the 2016 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia.

Erin Bangel has an especially sweet way that she came to be deeply involved with the Indianapolis, IN Promise Walk for Preeclampsia – taking over as the lead coordinator for the 2015 walk after attending as a participant at the 2014 event. Since then, her Team Bangel has consistently been one of the largest and top fundraising teams at the Indianapolis event as she has continued to volunteer as the lead walk coordinator.

Team Bangel are incredibly proud to “make strides and deliver hope”! Here’s how they got involved:

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Team McFadden Kicks it Up in Chicago

February 7, 2017

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Melissa McFadden is passionate about preeclampsia education and research. She has been involved with the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia now for 3 years. Her team, Team McFadden, celebrates their experience as preeclampsia survivors. Here’s why she “Makes Strides”:

How did your family and team first get involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation?   After having preeclampsia with my daughter in 2013, one of my friends who had previously had preeclampsia added me to a Facebook group she was in.  In the group, I started asking questions, and finding that I wasn’t getting a ton of answers since we aren’t 100% sure what causes preeclampsia.  Knowing that, I knew I had to get involved.  I wanted answers!  it was there that I found out about the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Promise Walk.

Why is raising awareness and supporting research for preeclampsia so important to you?  My experience with preeclampsia came on suddenly.  While it was initially going on, I just thought I was tired and feeling pregnant.  If not for a friend urging me to have my BP checked, things could have turned out very differently for us.  This is why raising awareness is so important- women need to know the signs and symptoms, and doctors need to take the signs and symptoms seriously!  I’ve said it already, but my daughter and I are so lucky- I have met so many wonderful families who were not as lucky.

How has the Promise Walk and the Preeclampsia Foundation helped you and your family as you moved through your experience?  I think knowing that you aren’t alone and that you aren’t the only one who has been through this is a great help to the healing process. My fellow volunteers with the Chicago Promise Walk are truly a sisterhood.  The women I have met through volunteering are women who I am proud to call my friends.  We will be bonded together for the rest of our lives because of preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome.  I love that we are there for each other to celebrate Rainbow Babies or celebrate our walk over wine and dinner.  We are there to give each other baby advice or just to talk to each other about how life is going.  I love these women!

What would you say to people who are NOT currently participating in the walk to get them involved?  Join us!  Join the sisterhood!  You don’t have to go through this alone!  We welcome you with open arms!  We want to see this disease eradicated!  More people means more awareness and more funds raised to hopefully find a cure!  We would love to have you!!

You can join Melissa and her fellow team captains by registering for the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run happening on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at www.promisewalk.org/Chicago.

 

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Team “Remembering Charlotte” Makes Memories at the Cranford, NJ Promise Walk

January 24, 2017

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Larissa Nickson is the team captain of “Remembering Charlotte” with the Cranford, NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. It will be their third year walking in the event in memory of their infant daughter Charlotte, who passed away due to severe preeclampsia. Since then, she and her husband have become volunteers to help organize the event while also being outspoken advocates for preeclampsia awareness and research!

Learn more about what drives Team “Remembering Charlotte” to continue participating year-after-year in their local North-Central New Jersey Promise Walk. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 2017 Promise Walk Team Shirt is here!

January 19, 2017

We are incredibly excited to reveal the design of our 2017 Team Promise Walk for Preeclampsia T-shirt!

The 2017 design was created to symbolize how all of us come together to “Make Strides for Moms and Babies” to end preeclampsia through education and research. It also serves as a  reminder that heart health matters for preeclampsia survivors and their families!

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Let’s get those little feet moving! (Shirt shown in Heliconia pink, but is available in 14 different color options.)

 

Even more exciting is that these shirts are now available for purchase and team customization via a brand new ordering website by our partners at HeadsUp Apparel: http://headsupshirtshop.com/collections/the-promise-walk-for-preeclampsia

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Team “Little Miss Peanut” Rocks Philly Walk

January 17, 2017

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Team Captain Kristen Brockman of “Little Miss Peanut” is taking her involvement in the Philadelphia/South Jersey Promise Walk for Preeclampsia team to all new levels this 2017 season: she has joined up with fellow team captain and preeclampsia survivor Alyssa Haring to become the co-coordinators of one of our largest walk events! Her daughter was born six weeks premature due to preeclampsia.

Below, she shares how she got involved with the Promise Walk and what keeps her and her team “Making Strides and Delivering Hope” for other families like theirs. Read the rest of this entry »