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Heart Failure Leads to Promise Walk Success

April 3, 2013
Amy, her daughter and husband.

Amy, her daughter and husband.

Amy Suggs hopes with all her heart that she is able to raise awareness of preeclampsia in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina when she kicks off the first annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia there on Saturday, May 4th.

Amy attended last year’s walk in Charlotte and had such a positive experience she decided to bring a Promise Walk to Asheville.  She hopes to educate those in her community on the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and just how serious it can be.  Amy knows this all too well.

She was 38 weeks pregnant when she developed preeclampsia.  Her diagnosis came at a routine doctor appointment.  She was sent to immediately deliver her baby girl, Sutton, and all went well with delivery.  Amy, however, continued to be a very sick young woman eventually being diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

After being told she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life, Amy is now healthy and happily off all medication, surprising even her doctors.  When she’s not busy raising her now two-year old daughter, Amy is hard at work on her Promise Walk.

The Asheville walk hopes to attract 100 walkers from the area and raise at least $5000.  You can register for the Asheville Promise Walk held at the UNC, Asheville Track and Field at www.promisewalk.org/asheville.

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