Governor Chris Christie has issued a proclamation declaring May 2014 Preeclampsia Awareness Month in the State of New Jersey.
“May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month, deliberately chosen to coincide with Mother’s Day,” explained Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation Eleni Tsigas. “Almost 300,000 women each year are affected by preeclampsia, with approximately 25 percent of those resulting in serious adverse outcomes to mother, baby, or both.”
Local proclamations have also been received from: Brielle, Clark, Cranford, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Morristown, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Westfield, and Union.
This year’s Cranford area Promise Walk will be held on Sunday, May 18 at Oak Ridge Park (in Clark). The walk attracts participants from throughout the state. This year’s local sponsors include: TD Bank, New Jersey Perinatal Associates, Contemporary Women’s Care, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Ray Catena Mercedes of Union, Happy Family Brands, Dr. Iammatteo (of Morristown), The Little Gym (of Cranford, Summit, and West Windsor) and Summit Medical Group.
As this year’s face of preeclampsia (a life threatening disorder of pregnancy) for the walk, Patrick Dignan and his 16 year old twins, Cameron and Justin, of Glen Ridge, will share their story and help encourage teams around the state to meet or exceed their fundraising goal. The 4th annual Cranford area walk is organized again this year by mother-daughter walk coordinator team Stephanie and Marissa Steiner (from Springfield), both preeclampsia survivors.
Please visit www.promisewalk.org/cranford for specific information about the May 18 Cranford area Promise Walk and to register for, sponsor, or donate. For more information about preeclampsia or the Foundation’s ongoing mission and resources, please visit www.preeclampsia.org.