Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia & 5k Run

Because some causes are worth mentioning...

Chicago Making Strides to Raise Awareness of
Local Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia™ calls attention to serious pregnancy disorder affecting mothers and babies

The Preeclampsia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, is proud to launch the fourth annual Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia™ on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village/Schaumburg, Illinois. This annual event is part of a nationwide effort to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy. 

This year, up to one in 12 pregnant women in the United States will be diagnosed with preeclampsia. Worldwide, nearly 76,000 mothers and half a million babies die each year because of preeclampsia, and rates of preeclampsia, maternal deaths and prematurity are all rising. The Preeclampsia Foundation is committed to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices.

The Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsiais an opportunity for Chicagoans to show their support for the urgent need to find better outcomes for those whose lives have been or will be touched by preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. That “promise” includes finding a cure, supporting families, and ensuring education and awareness for all pregnant women.

“With the support of our local volunteer team, we are confident that we are going to build on the success of the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Runin previous years and bring even more awareness to this important issue,” said Preeclampsia Foundation Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. “Greater awareness and knowledge will result in healthier birth outcomes for mothers and their babies.”

“We truly appreciate the support of everyone who participates in this family event -- from our teams of dedicated walkers to those who make a donation to support the cause,” says Chicago Promise Walk Coordinator Elizabeth Pebelske. “We are also grateful to our generous sponsors Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Evanston Subaru for making the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Runpossible.”

Visit for more details and to register for the Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run. Those interested in forming teams or participating individually are urged to register at the Promise Walk website, though walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of the event. Non-walkers are encouraged to support other individuals or teams to help meet Chicago’s fundraising goal of over $36,000.


About Preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period, and affects both the mother and the fetus. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine; other symptoms may include swelling in the hands and face, headaches, and visual disturbances. Preeclampsia affects 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 to eight percent of pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia, which, in the United States, translates to approximately 300,000
pregnancies. It is a leading cause of preterm birth, and is 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 their national fundraising events the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ and Saving Grace - A Night of Hope™, the Preeclampsia Foundation works to achieve its mission to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve health care practices. We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies. Knowing the warning signs can lead to more timely diagnosis and better outcomes. For more information on the Foundation’s ongoing mission and resources, please visit

To find out more info about this race, feel free to visit their website and Facebook page for more details.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the write up on the race! Every parent or expecting parent can relate to the fear of Preeclampsia.