Did you know that the Preeclampsia Foundation has declared July as Employer Matching Gift Month? It’s a great opportunity to spotlight how supporters like you help to make dollars go twice as far!
Is your name on this list? If not, there’s still time to give to your favorite walk location. We still have 10 more events throughout June and July, so look up your local walk today!
Albany, NY (www.promisewalk.org/Albany):
Jim & Linda M.
Asheville, NC (www.promisewalk.org/Asheville):
Atlanta, GA (www.promisewalk.org/AtlantaGA):
Boston, MA (www.promisewalk.org/Boston):
Chicago, IL (www.promisewalk.org/Chicago):
Denver, CO (www.promisewalk.org/Denver):
Des Moines, IA (www.promisewalk.org/DesMoines):
Detroit, MI (www.promisewalk.org/Detroit):
Indianapolis, IN (www.promisewalk.org/Indianapolis):
Kansas City, MO (www.promisewalk.org/KansasCity):
Methuen, MA (www.promisewalk.org/Methuen):
Mike and Kendra B.
Nashville, TN (www.promisewalk.org/Nashville):
Kevin and Leigh M.
Vickie & Rick M.
Oklahoma City, OK (www.promisewalk.org/OklahomaCity):
Julianna & Geoff G.
Orange County, CA (www.promisewalk.org/OrangeCounty):
Orlando, FL (www.promisewalk.org/Orlando):
Frank & Mary Etta D.
Pittsburgh, PA (www.promisewalk.org/Pittsburgh):
Laurie (and Christopher) R.
Raleigh, NC (www.promisewalk.org/Raleigh):
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (www.promisewalk.org/BayArea):
Space Coast, FL (www.promisewalk.org/SpaceCoast):
Syracuse, NY (www.promisewalk.org/Syracuse):
Pat & John R.
Didn’t quite hit your team goal yet? Fundraising does not have to be all about asking people for individual donations by email or in person! Consider some of these fun and creative supporting fundraiser ideas to raise additional dollars toward your team goal. The Promise Walk fundraising season runs through August 31, 2015, so there’s still time!
- Restaurant Night or Dinner Party: Invite everyone over for a dinner/dessert, and ask them to make a donation equal to what they would have paid for a dinner/dessert at a local restaurant. Or, contact a local restaurant who may also be willing to make their facilities available for a fundraiser and do a % of their sales for the day to the cause.
- Percent of Sales: Speaking of, ask local merchants if they will donate a percentage of their sales on a specific day to the Preeclampsia Foundation. Father’s Day, perhaps, to celebrate the guys in our lives?
- Community Block Sale: Get your contacts to donate their gently used goods to an outdoor group sale, with all proceeds going to the Preeclampsia Foundation. Ask people who have just held garage sales to donate what didn’t sell to your sale and advertise your sale in the local paper.
- Bake/Snack Sales: Buy healthy snacks and other items at wholesale price and sell them at work at regular price. Pay yourself back the cost of the items and the rest goes to your fundraising goal!
- 50/50 Drawing: Sell tickets and the winner gets half of the money received while you get the other half.
Visit www.preeclampsia.org/make-a-difference/fundraising for more great ideas or contact your local walk coordinator!
Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome survivor Melissa Merrill is determined to help make sure no moms suffer the feeling of being alone after the delivery of a premature baby because of preeclampsia. This year, she and her husband are the 2015 Asheville, NC Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Mission Family.
On Mother’s Day 2012, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child. We had never been so scared yet so excited in our lives. Over the weeks, our excitement only grew as we got to experience hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, getting our first ultrasound and then eventually finding out the gender. We were counting the days until we would get to meet our sweet boy who was due January 14th, 2013.
Despite my yucky but typical pregnancy symptoms, the baby and I were both healthy and doing wonderful. Around the beginning of October, I had gone to the doctor for a routine check-up and everything was looking perfect. However, the very next morning things started to change. I had woken up with some swelling in my fingers and over the next few days I started swelling in my wrists, arms, feet, knees, legs, and then my face. Read the rest of this entry »
As this year’s face of preeclampsia for the Cranford, NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, Trashaun and Johari Powell shared their compelling childbirth story of hope and tragedy with a crowd of over 350 supporters in North-Central New Jersey on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Trashaun Powell was only 23 weeks pregnant in early 2013, when she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a severe variant of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood platelets. She was taken immediately to the intensive care unit (ICU). The Powells were stunned to find out that their baby girl, Mia Jane, would have to be delivered immediately to save Powell’s life.
Mia was 1 lb, 1 oz at delivery, and was whisked away to fight for her own life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“The next day, the NICU social worker came to visit me in the ICU, and encouraged me to go down to see Mia once again because she wasn’t doing so well,” explained Powell. “I got a chance to stick my hands inside and she grabbed my fingers.” Later that night, the NICU nurse came to let Powell know that Mia took a turn for the worse. She would not make it through the night.
10 walks this weekend in California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, VirginiaMay 29, 2015
Albany, New York
580 Albany Shaker Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211
1702 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
651 Vestal Road
Plainfield, IN 46168
Kansas City, Missouri
Orange County, California
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA
Syracuse, New York
Willow Bay Shelter Area
Des Moines, Iowa
The story of Heather, Brian and Abby Hill, the 2015 Oklahoma City Promise Walk Mission Family, is filled with both tragedy and hope for others.
In 2007, Heather was pregnant with her first child, a baby girl Chloe. She began to experience severe migraines early into the pregnancy and intense swelling. Heather was having increased blood pressure at every doctor visit but still was told to go home and that everything was fine.
The Hills’ saw a specialist at 24 weeks and was informed Heather had blood clots in her placenta and they were going to have to monitor the baby closer to measure her growth as the placenta wasn’t providing her with enough nutrients. At week 26, Heather started having severe upper right abdominal pains that went around to her back and she felt the urge to urinate all the time but couldn’t go. All of these issues were told to her nurse; who said she probably was just having Braxton-Hicks. Read the rest of this entry »