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New Jersey Walkers Make Strides to Raise Awareness of Preeclampsia

United States Congressman Leonard Lance addresses the crowd at the May 18 Cranford area Promise Walk along with mother-daughter walk coordinators, Stephanie and Marissa Steiner Credits: Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography
2014 Cranford Area Promise Walk Speakers: Patrick, Cameron and Justin Dignan, Congressman Lance, Marissa and Stephanie Steiner, Dr. Ed Wolf Credits: Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography
Cranford area Promise Walk Junior Co-Coordinator Marissa Steiner addresses the crowd at last year's Promise Walk. Credits: Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

Advocates for the Preeclampsia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy, made strides on May 18 at beautiful Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ to raise awareness at the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. The New Jersey walkers joined thousands of other participants around the country that will walk in May and June to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia.

The fourth annual Cranford-area event has raised over $32,000 to date and had more than 275 participants, making an impact in their local community. The walk day included incredibly moving opening ceremony speeches from Patrick, Cameron and Justin Dignan, this year’s Mission Family for the Cranford walk, guest speaker Dr. Ed Wolf of New Jersey Perinatal Associates, United States Congressman Leonard Lance, as well as preeclampsia survivor and mother-daughter walk coordinator team Stephanie and Marissa Steiner.

“We are incredibly thankful for the overwhelming support this community has shown for the families impacted by this devastating disease,” said Steiner.

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The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, with the tagline “Making Strides, Delivering Hope,” makes a clear connection with the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation.  That “promise” includes finding a cure, supporting families, and ensuring education and awareness for all pregnant women. The event’s national goal is to raise $500,000.

The support for May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month from the state of New Jersey has been strong, with the receipt of local proclamations from NJ Governor Chris Christie and the NJ Senate, as well as from Brielle, Cranford, Clark, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Morristown, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, and Westfield.

 “The Cranford, NJ Promise Walk continues to be a national leader in awareness and fundraising for this cause,” said Preeclampsia Foundation Director of Community Relations Laney Poye.  “We are very excited to continue the momentum in New Jersey for years to come under Stephanie’s extremely capable guidance.”

This year’s local sponsors include: TD Bank, New Jersey Perinatal Associates, Contemporary Women’s Care, Happy Family Organic Superfood, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Ray Catena Mercedes of Union, Dr. Iammatteo of Morristown, Girl from Ipanema Spa (of Westfield and Summit), Summit Medical Group, and The Little Gym (of Cranford, Summit and West Windsor); national sponsors include BabyCenter and Perkin Elmer Labs.

The Promise Walk fundraising season runs through July 31, 2014. For more information or to contribute to the Cranford area, NJ walk, please visit www.promisewalk.org/cranford.

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