Team “Little Miss Peanut” Rocks Philly Walk

January 17, 2017


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.

  1. How did your family and team first get involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation? It’s hard to remember EXACTLY how I came across the Preeclampsia Foundation. I believe I was looking for support postpartum – although much time had passed since I had my daughter 6 weeks early because I developed severe preeclampsia. When I found the Preeclampsia Foundation on Facebook, I followed the links about our local Promise Walk, and we decided to register! We thought it would be fun to walk and get our family and friends more involved and learn about what we (and tons of others) have gone through!
  2. Why is raising awareness and supporting research for preeclampsia so important to you? Awareness and research are critical in helping to find a cure. Doctors, along with the patient, need to be aware of the symptoms (both visual and underlying) in order to keep the mom and baby safe. In my case, I had no outward symptoms besides small belly (which wound up being inter-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) – another thing I never heard of) and high blood pressure (which ultimately I didn’t know about unless it was measured like it was!). So many people, especially older people like our parents, had no idea what preeclampsia was until it developed in my pregnancy. Unfortunately, unless it happens to you or someone you know, oftentimes, people don’t take the time to care or relate. Awareness will at least bring it to their attention.
  3. How has the Promise Walk and the Preeclampsia Foundation helped you and your family as you moved through your experience? The Foundation has helped by giving us more knowledge about preeclampsia and opened a path for communication with others who have been in my shoes (some better situations, some worse situations). Hearing other people’s stories of going forward with a pregnancy after their PE experience has given us hope for our own family’s future.
  4. What would you say to people who are NOT currently participating in the walk to get them involved? First of all, it’s FREE to participate!! The walk day is a great day full of fun for everyone, a little exercise, a little bit of critical information that could someday help you or a loved one, and awesome raffle prizes – all while helping support a great cause!

To join Kristen and Team “Little Miss Peanut” this year, register for the Philadelphia/South Jersey Promise Walk for Preeclampsia on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at www.promisewalk.org/Philadelphia.


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