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Thank you for a fantastic season!

August 31, 2017

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Today is the last day of the 2017 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia season.  As I sit here in my office, I’m feeling overwhelmed with gratitude.  The amount of time, effort, energy, and contributions that 3,700+ individuals put in to making these events successful nationwide both humbles and astounds me.  You are all making a world of difference to families, mothers, and babies affected by preeclampsia.  Since the inception of the walk in 2005, the Preeclampsia Foundation has now raised millions of dollars towards advancing research, providing patient education and support, raising awareness, and improving healthcare practices.

This season was particularly special to me as it was my first as National Events Manager. There are so many who helped and supported me in my transition into this position, and the patience, enthusiasm, and teamwork exhibited by the Walk Chairs and volunteers in each city was impressive.  Our volunteers are some of the most passionate and dedicated people I have ever encountered!  I personally think we have the best volunteers in the entirety of the non-profit world, and I appreciate all of you!

I need to say thank you as well to our national sponsors this year:  BabyCenter, NTD Labs, and Gestvision.  Your corporate leadership towards these walks helps the voices of our families to be heard!  And to our many local sponsors, you are making such a significant impact in your communities in the level of awareness we’ve achieved.  You truly are making strides and delivering hope!

To those that gave a financial contribution this year….your generosity is incredible.  Your dollars are literally saving lives of moms and babies and there’s nothing more invaluable than that.  And every dollar makes a difference.  Thank you so much!

Finally, to the participants, I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are out there walking…rain or shine, in the heat or cold…and you are being seen.  I’d also like to say: please, keep walking.  This effort seems like an uphill battle at times.  Maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States.  There’s so much more to do. But we all must put one foot in front of the other in order to keep moving forward.   We’ve got a lot of walking ahead of us.  As a team, we CAN put an end to preeclampsia. TOGETHER.

~Sara Gauthier, National Events Manager

 

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April Showers Contest: Win some awesome swag!

April 11, 2017

April showers bring May flowers!  We are super excited to announce our April Fundraising contest…for every $100 you raise on your individual fundraising page from now through Sunday, April 30th, you will be entered for the chance to win this adorable Promise Walk swag package:

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And because spring has us feeling a little sassy here in the home office, we’re offering not only one but TWO of these prize packages…so there’s double the chance for you to win! Winners will be announced on the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Facebook page on Friday, May 5th.  Good Luck and Happy Fundraising!

 

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No Promise Walk? No Problem! Issuing the Virtual Walk Challenge

March 9, 2017
Do you miss the Promise Walk in your community?
Wish there WAS a walk in your community?
Really care about supporting healthy moms and babies?

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Then you are needed for our Virtual Promise Walk Challenge!

This year, we are reaching out to anyone who doesn’t have a Promise Walk in their community with a call to action. The only way to get awareness started and fund life-saving research is to start with a small step.

So, we invite you to rise to the Challenge!

From NOW through May 31, we will be running a special contest for participants in the National Virtual Walk.

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Delivering Change: A Promise to the Future

February 22, 2017

Want an easy way to make a difference? Need a way to get your youngest participants involved?

Join us for the “2017 Delivering Change Challenge”!

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Here’s what you need to do!

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The 2017 Promise Walk Team Shirt is here!

January 19, 2017

We are incredibly excited to reveal the design of our 2017 Team Promise Walk for Preeclampsia T-shirt!

The 2017 design was created to symbolize how all of us come together to “Make Strides for Moms and Babies” to end preeclampsia through education and research. It also serves as a  reminder that heart health matters for preeclampsia survivors and their families!

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Let’s get those little feet moving! (Shirt shown in Heliconia pink, but is available in 14 different color options.)

 

Even more exciting is that these shirts are now available for purchase and team customization via a brand new ordering website by our partners at HeadsUp Apparel: http://headsupshirtshop.com/collections/the-promise-walk-for-preeclampsia

The shirts are $20 (plus shipping) with proceeds going right back to your local walk location when you order. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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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.