Archive for the ‘Preeclampsia’ Category

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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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Join us for a Thunderclap for World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, 2017!

May 10, 2017

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May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month here in the United States, but this year, the Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to cosponsor the first-ever World Preeclampsia Day with @BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, ISSHP & PRE-EMPT.   Let’s make our message heard worldwide by joining our Thunderclap on May 22 at 8am Eastern Standard Time!

What’s a Thunderclap you ask???   Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. A Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together.  When the “thunder” strikes, a single message is mass-shared by everyone who joined, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks and spreads awareness quickly.

JOIN IN AND SHARE: http://thndr.me/NvxqmB #worldpreeclampsiaday

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Meet our Director of Development, Sean Farrell

May 5, 2017

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The Preeclampsia Foundation is thrilled to announce the newest member of our team – Director of Development, Sean Farrell. With over a decade of experience in fundraising, program management, and community investment initiatives, Sean’s primary focus is growing a culture of philanthropy with current and prospective donors, board members, volunteers, and survivors across the country.

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Team Conner Walks in the Bay Area to Inform Others of Preeclampsia

April 4, 2017

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Lisa Gadsby and her team, Team Conner, walk in memory of her son at the San Francisco Bay Area Promise Walk for Preeclampsia.  Her hopes are that by raising awareness, others can be more informed about the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.

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Team Eloise Rose Spreads Awareness and Love in Cleveland

March 21, 2017
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In October 2015, Abigail Price and her families’ lives were forever changed when her baby daughter, Eloise, died because of preeclampsia. She and her team, Eloise Rose, walk in the Promise Walk in Cleveland, Ohio to keep their connection to their precious girl alive and well.

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Asheville, North Carolina Family Makes A Difference for Moms and Babies

June 1, 2015

IMG_7778 Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome survivor Melissa Merrill is determined to help make sure no moms suffer the feeling of being alone after the delivery of a premature baby because of preeclampsia. This year, she and her husband are the 2015 Asheville, NC Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Mission Family.

On Mother’s Day 2012, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child. We had never been so scared yet so excited in our lives. Over the weeks, our excitement only grew as we got to experience hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, getting our first ultrasound and then eventually finding out the gender. We were counting the days until we would get to meet our sweet boy who was due January 14th, 2013.

Despite my yucky but typical pregnancy symptoms, the baby and I were both healthy and doing wonderful. Around the beginning of October, I had gone to the doctor for a routine check-up and everything was looking perfect. However, the very next morning things started to change. I had woken up with some swelling in my fingers and over the next few days I started swelling in my wrists, arms, feet, knees, legs, and then my face. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Oklahoma Family Shares Story of Tragedy and Triumph

May 28, 2015

The story of Heather, Brian and Abby Hill, the 2015 Oklahoma City Promise Walk Mission Family, is filled with both tragedy and hope for others.

In 2007, Heather was pregnant with her first child, a baby girl Chloe. She began to experience severe migraines early into the pregnancy and intense swelling. Heather was having increased blood pressure at every doctor visit but still was told to go home and that everything was fine.

The Hills’ saw a specialist at 24 weeks and was informed Heather had blood clots in her placenta and they were going to have to monitor the baby closer to measure her growth as the placenta wasn’t providing her with enough nutrients. At week 26, Heather started having severe upper right abdominal pains that went around to her back and she felt the urge to urinate all the time but couldn’t go. All of these issues were told to her nurse; who said she probably was just having Braxton-Hicks. Read the rest of this entry ?