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The 2016 Promise Walk Season is Finished… How Have We Moved the Bar?

August 2, 2016

There is an often-quoted Margaret Mead saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Although when it comes to an incredibly complex disease like preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome, it might feel like we are making slow progress, it’s important to reflect back to you, that small group of “thoughtful, committed citizens,” that you ARE changing the world.

13301394_1065798863480914_407192775218730275_oThe Promise Walk for Preeclampsia is at the heart of the Preeclampsia Foundation’s identity. It is the way that many people first experience our organization’s compassion and inclusion. It is also an annual opportunity to gather with people who so perfectly understand what you have been through because of preeclampsia. In the most far-reaching terms, it’s the way that preeclampsia survivors and their families can make a financial difference that will help us end the dire effects of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

This year, over 4,700 people MADE that difference and raised almost $450,000 to create change for our world. We raise money to enact powerful change.

Consider the change that is already happening just because YOU, a “committed citizen”, took part in the 2016 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Join us to Kickoff Preeclampsia Awareness Month

April 29, 2016

It is time for our annual “Kickoff to May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month” Twitter Party, co-hosted with our amazing partners at Finnegan and the Hughes and World Moms Blog!

The event will be on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9 pm ET and will feature prizes from our partners at Udderly Smooth and Happy Family Organic Foods and of course, Promise Walk merchandise! Join the chat by hopping on Twitter at 9 pm ET and following #PreAM16 to answer fun trivia questions for great prizes.

Prizes include this gorgeous prenatal package from Happy Family, a set of lotion and promotional wear from Udderly Smooth or a merchandise packet from the Promise Walk:

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Grab the social media graphic and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter!

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More resources and educational information available at www.preeclampsia.org/PreAM.

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Boston Mom Runs Marathon for Preeclampsia

March 30, 2016

Sutton resident Wendy Kendrick has been running for 25 years, and she had no plans of stopping. Even after narrowly missing the explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, she ran again in 2014 and 2015, with her 2015 performance earning her a qualification in this year’s marathon.

2014 Marathon with Libs_22March2016Wendy, a Project Manager at Framingham-based LFB USA, a sister company of rEVO Biologics, ran her best time at the 2013 Boston Marathon (3 hours, 28 minutes), crossing the finish line shortly before the bombings occurred and close enough to hear the explosion. With her family on the sidelines, the danger hit very close to home.

Libs stroller_22March2016“Running is therapeutic for me,” Kendrick said. “I train alone, and I see long stretches on the road as my personal meditation time.”

This year, during her sixth Boston Marathon, Kendrick will use the pleasure she gets from running to contribute to a good cause: by raising money for the Preeclampsia Foundation. rEVO Biologics has agreed to match each dollar donated to Wendy’s fundraising efforts.

rEVO Biologics is a company focused on developing and commercializing medications for rare diseases like preeclampsia. For more information on the company, visit www.revobiologics.com.

“Because the cause of preeclampsia is unknown and the effects can be devastating, it’s so important to support this worthy cause,” Kendrick said. “Learning more about how to prevent and treat preeclampsia will help both mothers and babies.”

Wendy will also be recognized at the upcoming Boston Promise Walk for Preeclampsia (www.promisewalk.org/Boston) on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

To make a contribution to Wendy’s fundraising effort and follow her journey to the finish line, visit www.gofundme.com/WendyKendrick.

 

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Have you ordered your 2016 team t-shirts?

March 23, 2016
Guest blog post by Robyn Van Hollen, Heads Up Apparel
You have been building your 2016 Promise Walk team: now it’s time to think about ordering the official 2016 Promise Walk Team T-Shirts. At Heads Up, we have partnered with the Preeclampsia Foundation to develop the official 2016 shirt that can be customized with your team’s name on the back.  You choose the color of the shirts and the sizes.  It’s a great way to show your Promise Walk team spirit and a portion of every shirt ordered benefits the Preeclampsia Foundation.  It’s a win-win!2016PromiseWalkTshirtsVisual

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Look for these Top Team Captains at your walk!

March 18, 2016

TC hatWOW! Great job to everyone who rallied and fundraised to be able to sport that awesome team captain hat on walk day! If you are at the following walks, be sure to walk up to anyone who is wearing a team captain hat and say THANK YOU!

Registering for a walk gets you to the start line. Fundraising for the mission gets us all to the finish line.

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Are you a top 2016 team captain?

March 17, 2016

TC hatManaging a team and pushing them to their full fundraising potential is difficult work. Just by signing up to be a Team Captain, you have shown that you are dedicated to the Promise Walk mission, but leading a team is just the first step.

Help your team reach its ultimate fundraising potential and you will earn this exclusive hat, just for being an outstanding Team Captain. Help your team to reach the goal of $1,000 by the end of today, March 17, and you’ll be proud to know you worked hard to make the most of this year’s Promise Walk and show the other teams how it’s done!

Circle back to everyone you have spoken with who said they would support you and maybe just forgot. A few friendly reminders could be all that is standing between you and hitting your team goal! We know you have what it takes to reach for the top and earn a Promise Walk Team Captain Hat. Show off your support with pride!

We know you can do it! Tell us in the comments how you are fundraising toward a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of moms and babies.

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Last Day to Choose the Kroma Makeup “Promise Me” Color

March 15, 2016

Your vote is needed and today is the final day! KROMA® Makeup, a central Florida-based professional makeup line, will be launching a new “Promise Me” botanical collection to benefit the Foundation’s mission and raise awareness of preeclampsia.

“At KROMA® we have always focused on helping moms make healthy choices for their skin and bodies that are ‘natural, trendy and limitless,’ even before ‘natural’ reached today’s prime,” said KROMA® Makeup Founder Lee Cristou. “The ‘Promise Me’ botanical collection is an opportunity for us to extend that promise toward supporting healthy moms and babies who have been affected by preeclampsia.”
You are invited to vote here  for your favorite lipstick choice for the official Spring/Summer “Promise Me” lip color now through March 15, 2016 from three color choices: “Promise Me ROSES”, “Promise Me ENCHANTED”, or “Promise Me CHOCOLAT.” No purchase is necessary to vote and supporters may vote multiple times.

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