June 1, 2016 at 9:34 AM
The Preeclampsia Foundation is proud to announce that they will be honoring local volunteers from Springfield, Stephanie and Marissa Steiner, as their “2015 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Coordinators of the Year” at the upcoming Cranford, NJ walk on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Mother-daughter team Stephanie and Marissa have coordinated the local New Jersey walk for the past five years and have raised almost $150,000 for the Preeclampsia Foundation’s mission.
Executive Director Eleni Tsigas will present the award to the Steiners during the 2016 Cranford Promise Walk’s opening ceremonies at Nomahegan Park. On-site registration for the event begins at 10 am EST.
“It is our honor to recognize the great efforts of Stephanie and Marissa Steiner to end illness and death of moms and babies from preeclampsia,” said Preeclampsia Foundation Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. “The work they do to raise awareness results in healthier birth outcomes for mom and baby throughout the state of New Jersey and the nation.”
Preeclampsia survivors Marissa and Stephanie Steiner are the Foundation’s only official mother-daughter coordinating team, leading one of the largest Promise Walks in the country in Cranford, NJ. Both mother and daughter exemplify the Foundation’s values, volunteering countless hours, recruiting, mentoring others, raising contributions, and advocating for greater involvement and support for the education of women, healthcare professionals, and politicians.
Their advocacy has extended to the state and national levels, where they have met with the governor of New Jersey, US Congress members, mayors, and many local representatives who added their support for the Promise Walks and the need for greater education and financial support for the Preeclampsia Foundation. They are honored to volunteer together, but more importantly to work toward a vision of a future where Marissa’s generation will no longer be threatened by preeclampsia.
“I am honored and proud to receive this award with Marissa, and to know that our hard work is making a difference, not only in New Jersey but nationwide as well,” shared Stephanie. “So special to share this with my miracle baby and celebrate her dedication, compassion, and hard work.”
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.
Walk-up registrations will also be accepted on the day of the Promise Walk event, but pre-registration is encouraged by signing up at www.promisewalk.org/cranford. Registration for the event is free.