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 related to high blood pressure, will be participating in and raising money for the Foundation’s annual The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. The annual event, which happens around the country to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia, will be taking place at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m.
The 7th Annual Central/Northern NJ walk day event is once again organized by Springfield residents, Stephanie and Marissa Steiner. The day will include a family-friendly walk, raffle prizes, and complimentary food. Guest speakers include a member of the Board of Directors from the Preeclampsia Foundation, as well as our 2017 Mission Family, Larissa and James Nickson of Lawrence Township, who lost their first baby to preeclampsia and are passionate about raising awareness so that this doesn't happen to other families. They will be sharing their story and leading off the walkers at the event.
The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, with the tagline “Making Strides, Delivering Hope,” makes a clear connection with the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation – a commitment to better outcomes for those whose lives have been or will be touched by preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. That “promise” includes ensuring education and awareness for all pregnant women and funding research to identify a cure for the condition.
“Preeclampsia survivors are bringing wonderful awareness to communities across the country through the Promise Walk,” said Preeclampsia Foundation National Events Manager, Sara Gauthier. “We are very excited to continue this momentum in 2017, since we know that greater awareness and knowledge results in healthier birth outcomesfor mom and baby.”
For Central/Northern New Jersey, this will be the 7th year they have produced a walk, attracting an unprecedented number of walkers, supporters with the goal of raising $30,000 dollars toward helping women and their infants who suffer from the devastating effects of preeclampsia.
“May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month, deliberately chosen to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend,” explained Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. “Almost 300,000 women each year are affected by preeclampsia, with approximately 25 percent of those resulting in serious adverse outcomes to either mother, baby or both.”
This year’s local sponsors include: New Jersey Perinatal Associates, Applebee's and Saint Barnabas Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health, as well as RWJ OBGYN Associates, PM Pediatrics, Turning Point Restaurants, Allstate of Springfield and Summit, Larissa Nickson's Usborne Books and More, Alisa Molbert Realtor/Mancini Realty LBI, Cooperative Counseling Services, and Dr. Iammatteo of Morristown.
For more information, and to register or donate, please visit www.promisewalk.org/cranford. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of the Promise Walk event, but pre-registration is strongly.