Thank you for visiting my 2017 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
I am participating in the Promise Walk virtual walk in celebration of my son's first birthday on May 26. I will walk 1 mile for each $50 that I raise.
I have experienced preeclampsia with both of my children. When my daughter Kaylee was born in 2011, her delivery was induced due to preeclampsia. My son Dante was born in 2016 via emergency c-section due to a dangerous tachycardia discovered on a routine doctor's visit; I developed postpartum preeclampsia after his birth. In both instances, I was fortunate for a diligent healthcare provider that recognized the condition and treated it before any dangerous results occurred.
My family has also been affected by preeclampsia before--my maternal grandmother's first child was stillborn due to preeclampsia, then called "toxemia." After the birth of her youngest child in 1955, she experienced what is now known as eclampsia (the progression of untreated preeclampsia) resulting in seizures and a stroke. She was fortunate to recover and live to the age of 90.
Many years later I benefited from a better understanding of the condition and monitoring and treatment methods, so the effects were not nearly as severe as what my grandmother experienced.
WHY FUNDING MATTERS
It is likely that you also know someone in your family who has experienced preeclampsia.
Sadly, preeclampsia remains the leading cause of maternal death in the world and my home state, Mississippi, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the United States. The condition is still not well understood and continued funding of research is necessary to help women avoid this life-threatening situation.
I am grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia. My goal is to help our community raise funds and awareness and save the lives of moms and babies!
Please make a donation to support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.