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 sponsor its annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ here in Central and Northern New Jersey. The annual event, which happens around the country to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia, will take place at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. The Preeclampsia Foundation welcomes Larissa Nickson as the event’s new Chair.

Long time walk chair Stephanie Steiner is turning over the reins. “When we got started my daughter and co-chair Marissa was in seventh grade, she’s a freshman in college now “says Steiner, “I feel so confident in Larissa Nickson’s leadership and her great team.  With the community’s help we will once again put New Jersey on the map for supporting mothers and babies”.

Steiner is still involved which is often the case with important causes. “As mothers, we don’t forget and while we can’t change our experience; we know our work is making a difference for other moms and babies”, Steiner added.

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New Jersey is focused on reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. First Lady Tammy Murphy has made maternal and infant mortality one of her key initiatives.

“Preeclampsia affects one of every 12 pregnancies in the U.S. and takes the lives of approximately 76,000 moms and 500,000 babies worldwide every year. We know awareness of symptoms saves lives so that’s our ongoing goal.” explained Eleni Tsigas, Chief Executive Officer of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

“Preeclampsia survivors are bringing that awareness to communities across the country through the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia,” said Preeclampsia Foundation National Events Manager Marty Mercado.  “We’re very excited to continue this momentum in 2019, since we know that greater awareness and knowledge results in healthier birth outcomes for both mom and baby.”

Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-up registrations will also be accepted on the day of the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia event. To register, go to www.promisewalk.org/Central&NorthernNewJersey.

The Central and Northern New Jersey Promise Walk is sponsored by the New Jersey Perinatal Associates, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Barnabas Health, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Barnabas Health, RWJ OB/GYN Associates, Advocare Mid-Jersey Pediatrics, Wawa, Summit Medical Group and Applebees.

About Preeclampsia:  Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period, and affects both the mother and the baby. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by elevated blood pressure and usually protein in the urine; other symptoms may include swelling in the hands and face, headaches, and visual disturbances. Preeclampsia can affect the mother's kidneys, liver, and other vital organs and, if undetected or untreated, can lead to seizures (eclampsia), cerebral hemorrhage, failure in vital organs, and death. The cause of preeclampsia is still not fully understood, and the only cure for the condition begins with delivery. Approximately five percent to eight percent of pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia, which, in the U.S., translates to approximately 300,000 pregnancies. It is a leading cause of preterm birth and responsible for approximately 76,000 maternal deaths and half a million infant deaths worldwide annually. There are several types of preeclampsia, including HELLP syndrome, a particularly dangerous variant.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is the only national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Through national fundraising events like the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™, the Preeclampsia Foundation works to achieve its mission to provide patient support and education, improve healthcare practices, and advance research. We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and their babies. Knowing the warning signs can lead to more timely diagnosis and better outcomes. For more information on the Preeclampsia Foundation’s ongoing mission and resources, please visit www.preeclampsia.org.