Welcome to the first annual
Sarasota, FL Promise Walk for Preeclampsia!
Date: May 6, 2017
Registration: 7:00 - 8:00AM
Walk Starts: 8:30AM
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Registration is FREE!
Bring your Family!
Fun Games & Prizes for all!
Schedule of events:
7:00 - 8:00 - Registration
8:00-8:30 - Guest Speaker followed by a Pre-Walk Warm Up by Camp Gladiator's very own Willie Thomas!
8:30 - Start of Promise Walk
9:30 - 10:00 - Silent Auction, Final Raffle & Awards
Contact Jennifer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Shorin was just 31 weeks pregnant when she found out something was seriously wrong. For weeks, she had been suffering symptoms not uncommon to pregnancy, such as swelling and discomfort. With reassurance from friends and family that this was “normal and to be expected with any pregnancy,” Shorin felt something still wasn’t right. It wasn’t until Shorin’s mother pushed her to make an emergency appointment with her doctor that she realized her suspicions were right all along. Shorin was immediately sent to Lakewood Ranch Women’s Center with the concern that there may be an issue with her gall bladder. It turned out that wasn’t the case. Shorin was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, a severe variant of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood platelets. Due to the severity of Shorin’s condition, she was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where she was informed that the only way to save both her and her son’s life was immediate delivery. Shorin’s son, Deegan, was delivered via emergency cesarean section at just 31 weeks gestation by well-known Sarasota Maternal-Fetal Medicine provider Dr. Washington Hill.
“That was the most terrifying moment of my life,” recalls Shorin. “Everything happened so quickly that there was no time to really comprehend what was going on.” Shorin spent five days in the hospital receiving multiple blood, platelet, and plasma transfusions in order to get her stabilized. Deegan remained in the NICU for 16 days. Shorin and her son were some of the lucky ones to have both survived this harrowing disorder.
“Although the circumstances that got me here were less than ideal, I am honored to share my story and help raise awareness regarding Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome in hopes that women are more informed about these pregnancy related disorders,” Shorin stated. “One of the most important lessons that I have learned is to listen to your body and don’t be afraid to make your doctor aware if something feels off. It can never hurt to be overly cautious.”
Thanks to her mother who pushed her to get an emergent appointment with her obstetrical provider and with extra vigilant care by a team of high-risk expert health care providers, Shorin delivered a healthy baby boy, Deegan, who is now approaching his 7th
“I was very fortunate to have delivered a healthy baby and that I was also okay,” said Shorin. “Sharing my story with future mothers through the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
gives us the power of educating ourselves to know the signs and symptoms to look for when faced with Preeclampsia/HELLP. I am thrilled to assist the Preeclampsia Foundation in the hopes of helping another woman not have to face HELLP Syndrome alone.”
“This family is the face of the mission for the Sarasota Promise Walk
community and represent the reason that our Foundation continues working to help save the lives of mothers and their babies,” explained Preeclampsia Foundation Executive Director Eleni Tsigas.
Shorin and the provider who helped save her and her son’s life, Dr. Washington Hill, will kick off the festivities and share their inspiring story at the 2017 First Annual Sarasota Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Nathan Benderson Park. Local sponsors so far include: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota OB/GYN Associates, Advanced Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Swor Women’s Care.