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Moving North to Spread Awareness

January 23, 2013

Hershey photoThe Hersey, PA population grew by one family this past year when Leanne Parke and her family made the move from Raleigh, NC.  Along with her furniture, dishes and clothes, Leanne also packed all her Promise Walk materials and this year will bring the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia to Hershey for the first time.

After three years coordinating the Raleigh Promise Walk, Leanne turns her attention to Central Pennsylvania.  She hopes that this year’s walk will bring a stronger sense of community for those that have survived preeclampsia or lost a loved one to the disease.

Leanne is, sadly, no stranger to the devastation preeclampsia can cause.  Leanne’s first pregnancy ended at 31 weeks when she was so sick, she could no longer continue the pregnancy.  Her daughter, three pounds at birth, struggled initially in the NICU but is now a healthy five year old.  Two years later, Leanne was pregnant again and this time with a little boy.  Preeclampsia struck earlier this time and 25 weeks into the pregnancy, her son Chase was born.  Chase lived 18 days before he died.

With the memory of Chase always in her mind and in her heart, Leanne looks forward to the Hershey area coming together on May 11 at the first annual Hershey Promise Walk.  Participants can expect to enjoy the walk, speakers, a silent auction and kids’ activities.

Registration is now open.  To join Leanne in the Hershey, PA walk, go to http://www.promisewalk.org/hershey.

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