Thursday, May 12, 2011

How I spent Mother's Day

This year I teamed up with a wonderful woman who is also a preeclampsia survivor and we coordinated The Promie Walk for Preeclampsia in Cranford,NJ. To date we have raised $12,126!!
It was such a surreal day and brought back many memories, some good and lots bad. But it also brought HOPE. Hope that one day a CAUSE  for this deadly disease can be found.
No one knows yet what causes preeclampsia. There are no definite ways to prevent it. Nor is there a cure. But through research and the efforts of families and those affected, we are making progress. We have a better understanding today than we had even 10 years ago.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Pat Dignan who lost his wife, I believe 10 years ago to preeclampsia.
Patrick Dignan previously served on the Board of Directors of the Preeclampsia Foundation from 2005-2006, as the organization’s Treasurer. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He currently works as Managing Director, head of Market Risk Management, at TD Securities (USA), the broker-dealer subsidiary of Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group (TDBFG). Prior, Mr. Dignan held various Finance positions on Wall Street, at institutions including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Dignan’s first wife, Donna, died from the effects of severe preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome, weeks after giving birth to the couple’s twin sons in 1997.

During his opening speech I couldn't hold the tears back any longer. The total reality hit home yet again.
Here is his speech { please don't mind me, I look like a wreck}

For our walk we decided to hold a "tricky tray" to raise additional funds.
We had amazing sponsors and Id like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you to the following companies for their raffle donations: Boogie Wipes, Castle Bootery, Chen's 22, Cosimo's Restaurant, Dr. Browns, Earth Angel Mama, Echoqua Italian Bistro, Green Mountain, Gymboree, JJ Cole, Kidz Cuts in Westfield, Milk Money, NJ Jackals (game tickets), Panera Bread, Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse and Bistro, Savory Spice Shop, Somerset Patriots Baseball Club (game tickets), Step 2, Stew Leonard's, Summer Infant, The Farmhouse Store, The Ice Hut, Turning Point Restaurant, Union Plaza Diner, White Diamond, Wild Greens, and tickets to see Letterman (donated by Westwood One), Deli King of Clark,Clark White Diamond, The Windsor Diner, Ellia C. Naturals and Gorgeous gifts by Nicole.
Your generosity helped us raise $350!!!

Also a HUGE thanks to Pop Chips, Plum Organics and American Water for providing refreshments during and after our walk.

I couldn't have prayed for nicer weather. The sun
was shinning, a nice breeze was blowing and we were walking for an amazing cause.

I'm so grateful that my children were able to participate in the walk with me. My oldest was so proud to be participating in the walk.

My family of 5!


If you would like to make a donation we are still accepting online here

The 2001 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Walkers


Here's why I walk
My daughter Peyton   was born at 27 weeks due to severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. If I hadn't listened to my body when I did I don't want to think about what could have been. My Olivia was also born early due to the onset of preeclampsia at 36 weeks.

We walk to raise awareness…

Too few know the reality and impact of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy that affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Yet preeclampsia is not rare: It happens in as many as one in 12 pregnancies. And any woman can be affected, regardless of her race, ethnic background, skin color, size, hometown, or whether she is rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle. Even good health and healthy habits aren’t a guarantee of protection against this disorder.
We walk to save lives…
Awareness can lead to timely diagnosis and more diligent health care.
In most cases, if a woman and her doctors realize she has preeclampsia, and it is close to her due date, the baby can be delivered with relatively few problems to either mom or baby.

But sometimes – by some estimates, in about 25% of the cases – serious complications can occur. Preeclampsia affects the mother’s kidneys, liver, brain and other vital organs and can lead to seizures, bleeding in the brain, organ failure, and even death. The baby may suffer from the effects of being born too early, have growth restriction—or may die.

I can only hope that next year we raise $20,000 and have perfect weather like we had this year. I am already working on next year and how to inlcude more sponsors and awesome prizes to make our walk even better than 2011!

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