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Award Recognizes Company’s Longstanding Commitment to Preeclampsia Foundation’s Mission

New York, NY - November 02, 2011
- The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that Johnson & Johnson is the recipient of its 2011 Hope Award for Outstanding Corporate Partnership, recognizing the significant contribution the company has made to the field of preeclampsia research, education and awareness through a productive collaboration with the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The award will be presented to Roy Davis, President of Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation at the Foundation’s annual benefit gala, Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude, held this year on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton New York in New York City, New York. Davis has been instrumental in enabling the company’s support, providing strategic advice, industry contacts and encouraging employee support of the Foundation’s mission, as well as securing the ongoing financial support that has enabled the Preeclampsia Foundation to advance its research and education programs. “I have a deep commitment to doing something about this disease,” said Davis, who is happy to assist Johnson & Johnson’s plans for maternal-infant health and well-being.

“Roy personally represents the innovation and forward vision that we need.” explained Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation. “He brings a personal and infectious passion for our cause, inspiring not only his fellow employees but other industry leaders to make a difference for this critical issue in maternal and infant health. Our research and education projects have made remarkable progress, in large part due to Johnson & Johnson’s support.”

The maternal and child health initiatives of Johnson & Johnson were also recently recognized with the UN 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award, which was given for the Company’s leading role in support of the UN’s Every Woman Every Child initiative. This effort aims to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals in women and children’s health in the developing world.

“During its 125 year history, Johnson & Johnson has supported initiatives that strive to meet healthcare needs and improve the lives of people worldwide,” the company said in a statement. “The Preeclampsia Foundation shares this passion. We are proud to support their commitment to improving the lives of families worldwide.”

More information about Saving Grace – A Night of Hope & Gratitude, the dinner gala where the award will be presented, can be found at http://www.savinggrace.preeclampsia.org.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit http://www.preeclampsia.org.

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Award Recognizes Company’s Longstanding Commitment to Preeclampsia Foundation’s Mission

New York, NY - November 02, 2011
- The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that Johnson & Johnson is the recipient of its 2011 Hope Award for Outstanding Corporate Partnership, recognizing the significant contribution the company has made to the field of preeclampsia research, education and awareness through a productive collaboration with the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The award will be presented to Roy Davis, President of Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation at the Foundation’s annual benefit gala, Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude, held this year on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton New York in New York City, New York. Davis has been instrumental in enabling the company’s support, providing strategic advice, industry contacts and encouraging employee support of the Foundation’s mission, as well as securing the ongoing financial support that has enabled the Preeclampsia Foundation to advance its research and education programs. “I have a deep commitment to doing something about this disease,” said Davis, who is happy to assist Johnson & Johnson’s plans for maternal-infant health and well-being.

“Roy personally represents the innovation and forward vision that we need.” explained Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation. “He brings a personal and infectious passion for our cause, inspiring not only his fellow employees but other industry leaders to make a difference for this critical issue in maternal and infant health. Our research and education projects have made remarkable progress, in large part due to Johnson & Johnson’s support.”

The maternal and child health initiatives of Johnson & Johnson were also recently recognized with the UN 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award, which was given for the Company’s leading role in support of the UN’s Every Woman Every Child initiative. This effort aims to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals in women and children’s health in the developing world.

“During its 125 year history, Johnson & Johnson has supported initiatives that strive to meet healthcare needs and improve the lives of people worldwide,” the company said in a statement. “The Preeclampsia Foundation shares this passion. We are proud to support their commitment to improving the lives of families worldwide.”

More information about Saving Grace – A Night of Hope & Gratitude, the dinner gala where the award will be presented, can be found at http://www.savinggrace.preeclampsia.org.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit http://www.preeclampsia.org.

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NYC Gala to Spotlight Preeclampsia and Blood Transfusion; WABC Anchor & Reporter Diana Williams is Mistress of Ceremonies

New York, NY – October 25, 2011 – Two North American foundations have joined forces to further their respective causes, together. The Preeclampsia Foundation and the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC) are co-hosting this year’s 7th annual Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude dinner gala at the Hilton New York on November 12, 2011. Maternal and infant death and other adverse outcomes associated with childbirth are important issues for both organizations’ stakeholders and supporters.  Proceeds from Saving Grace will be shared equally between the two organizations, a creative and unique fundraising strategy addressing today’s economic challenges.

“Working together, we both accomplish our goals of raising awareness and much-needed funding for our respective initiatives,” said Eleni Zuras Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, a national organization that raises funds to underwrite research for this life-threatening pregnancy disorder that impacts as many as one in 12 pregnancies. “Despite being one of the oldest diseases on record, preeclampsia remains one of the leading causes of mothers and babies dying around the world. It is a key risk marker for women's heart disease, and more than half of all pregnant women do not know preeclampsia’s warning signs.”   Worldwide, preeclampsia claims the lives of an estimated 500,000 babies and 76,000 mothers each year.

“Preeclampsia often provokes the need for blood products. New moms and babies represent one of the major patient groups in need of life-saving blood transfusions,” explained FABC President and Chief Ambassador Lauren Ward Larsen. “So survivors of this disorder and their families often feel beholden to both causes as they come out of their traumatic experiences, ready to make a difference where it will really count.”  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Over 38,000 pints of blood are needed each year in the U.S. alone. There is no substitute for blood; it simply must be donated. Less than 8 percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so.

The gala’s program will reflect the shared missions of the two complementary organizations as keynote speaker Dr. James N. Martin, Jr., President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Mistress of Ceremonies Diana Williams, a New York City broadcast reporter; and featured performances by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and international composer Jim Papoulis all focus on the shared issues of maternal-infant illness and death, the solutions available today and the ones being created for tomorrow.

Presenting sponsors include Johnson & Johnson and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, with additional support provided by Abbott, Merck and others. More information about this event can be found at www.savinggrace.preeclampsia.org. Please visit www.thefabc.org or www.preeclampsia.org for more information about the respective 501(c)(3) organizations.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation:
The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org.
About the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC): The FABC believes that no one should die for lack of access to a safe and adequate blood supply. The FABC funds initiatives that improve the availability, quality and safety of blood to save, extend, or enhance the lives of patients. To implement these programs, we partner with an extensive network of nonprofit blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada known as America's Blood Centers. Together, these centers are responsible for half the U.S. blood supply, saving millions of lives each year.

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NYC Gala to Spotlight Preeclampsia and Blood Transfusion; WABC Anchor & Reporter Diana Williams is Mistress of Ceremonies

New York, NY – October 25, 2011 – Two North American foundations have joined forces to further their respective causes, together. The Preeclampsia Foundation and the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC) are co-hosting this year’s 7th annual Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude dinner gala at the Hilton New York on November 12, 2011. Maternal and infant death and other adverse outcomes associated with childbirth are important issues for both organizations’ stakeholders and supporters.  Proceeds from Saving Grace will be shared equally between the two organizations, a creative and unique fundraising strategy addressing today’s economic challenges.

“Working together, we both accomplish our goals of raising awareness and much-needed funding for our respective initiatives,” said Eleni Zuras Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, a national organization that raises funds to underwrite research for this life-threatening pregnancy disorder that impacts as many as one in 12 pregnancies. “Despite being one of the oldest diseases on record, preeclampsia remains one of the leading causes of mothers and babies dying around the world. It is a key risk marker for women's heart disease, and more than half of all pregnant women do not know preeclampsia’s warning signs.”   Worldwide, preeclampsia claims the lives of an estimated 500,000 babies and 76,000 mothers each year.

“Preeclampsia often provokes the need for blood products. New moms and babies represent one of the major patient groups in need of life-saving blood transfusions,” explained FABC President and Chief Ambassador Lauren Ward Larsen. “So survivors of this disorder and their families often feel beholden to both causes as they come out of their traumatic experiences, ready to make a difference where it will really count.”  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Over 38,000 pints of blood are needed each year in the U.S. alone. There is no substitute for blood; it simply must be donated. Less than 8 percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so.

The gala’s program will reflect the shared missions of the two complementary organizations as keynote speaker Dr. James N. Martin, Jr., President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Mistress of Ceremonies Diana Williams, a New York City broadcast reporter; and featured performances by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and international composer Jim Papoulis all focus on the shared issues of maternal-infant illness and death, the solutions available today and the ones being created for tomorrow.

Presenting sponsors include Johnson & Johnson and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, with additional support provided by Abbott, Merck and others. More information about this event can be found at www.savinggrace.preeclampsia.org. Please visit www.thefabc.org or www.preeclampsia.org for more information about the respective 501(c)(3) organizations.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation:
The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org.
About the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC): The FABC believes that no one should die for lack of access to a safe and adequate blood supply. The FABC funds initiatives that improve the availability, quality and safety of blood to save, extend, or enhance the lives of patients. To implement these programs, we partner with an extensive network of nonprofit blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada known as America's Blood Centers. Together, these centers are responsible for half the U.S. blood supply, saving millions of lives each year.

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Sloan to be Recognized at Dinner Gala in New York City

MELBOURNE, FL – September 26, 2011 – The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that Ms. Becky Sloan is the 2011 recipient of its annual Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year.  This prestigious award will be presented to Sloan at its annual benefit gala, Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude, on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton New York in downtown Manhattan, New York. The award recognizes an individual who epitomizes the true spirit of volunteerism and has made significant contributions to the Foundation in the past year.

Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, said, “It’s not hard to identify Becky’s most significant contribution as she has been instrumental in the growth and success of our signature public awareness event, The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. For the past two years she has served tirelessly as our National Promise Walk Director, organizing, motivating and supporting the work of more than two dozen local walk coordinators across the country, leading this event to far surpass what was already an ambitious fundraising goal.”

A committee comprising former recipients and a member of the Board of Directors reviews the most eligible candidates and scores them according to predetermined metrics.

Sloan has also served for the past four years as the host of her own local Promise Walk in San Diego, Calif., and is currently working to prepare for the 2012 Promise Walk. Next year’s walk in San Diego will take on additional significance as it will add a 5K run event and be held in conjunction with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting as the featured charity event.

In 2004 Becky Sloan suffered harrowing code blue eclamptic seizures during the birth of her first child, Jacob, who was delivered eight weeks early due to undiagnosed preeclampsia.  While searching for answers about preeclampsia, Sloan found the Preeclampsia Foundation. Wanting to do more to raise preeclampsia awareness, she got involved with the local walk in 2006 as a participant, became the San Diego walk coordinator in 2007 (formerly known as the Preeclampsia Walk-a-thon), and was appointed National Walk Director in 2010.  Since then, she has helped coordinators around the country raise more than $400,000 to fund research and education, and looks forward to another successful walk season in 2012.

Becky is originally from Modesto, Calif. and has been living in San Diego, Calif. since 1999 and currently resides beach-side with her husband and two children.   She attended California State San Marcos, obtaining her teaching credential in 2003, but the life-changing birthing experience of her son changed her career path and she has worked at The Scripps Research Institute since 2000 as a scientific administrative assistant to a laboratory.   Sloan still has hopes to teach one day after her children are older, so for now she works as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms.

When asked to comment on her award, Sloan says, “Receiving the Hope Award is one of the highlights of my life, but it is not as important as the hope that I received when I was dealing with the questions, anger, frustration, fears, and sense of betrayal that I felt during and following my personal preeclampsia experience.  I was reaching out and, when I did, I found a world of caring, loving people with similar, and worse, experiences and the same feelings of fear and anger.  The Foundation provided me the opportunity to give back and that giving back has made my life richer and deeper in so many ways.  I am not glad that I had preeclampsia, but I am glad for all that has come to me as a result of my experience.”

About the Preeclampsia Foundation:  The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org.

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Sloan to be Recognized at Dinner Gala in New York City

MELBOURNE, FL – September 26, 2011 – The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that Ms. Becky Sloan is the 2011 recipient of its annual Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year.  This prestigious award will be presented to Sloan at its annual benefit gala, Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude, on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton New York in downtown Manhattan, New York. The award recognizes an individual who epitomizes the true spirit of volunteerism and has made significant contributions to the Foundation in the past year.

Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, said, “It’s not hard to identify Becky’s most significant contribution as she has been instrumental in the growth and success of our signature public awareness event, The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. For the past two years she has served tirelessly as our National Promise Walk Director, organizing, motivating and supporting the work of more than two dozen local walk coordinators across the country, leading this event to far surpass what was already an ambitious fundraising goal.”

A committee comprising former recipients and a member of the Board of Directors reviews the most eligible candidates and scores them according to predetermined metrics.

Sloan has also served for the past four years as the host of her own local Promise Walk in San Diego, Calif., and is currently working to prepare for the 2012 Promise Walk. Next year’s walk in San Diego will take on additional significance as it will add a 5K run event and be held in conjunction with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting as the featured charity event.

In 2004 Becky Sloan suffered harrowing code blue eclamptic seizures during the birth of her first child, Jacob, who was delivered eight weeks early due to undiagnosed preeclampsia.  While searching for answers about preeclampsia, Sloan found the Preeclampsia Foundation. Wanting to do more to raise preeclampsia awareness, she got involved with the local walk in 2006 as a participant, became the San Diego walk coordinator in 2007 (formerly known as the Preeclampsia Walk-a-thon), and was appointed National Walk Director in 2010.  Since then, she has helped coordinators around the country raise more than $400,000 to fund research and education, and looks forward to another successful walk season in 2012.

Becky is originally from Modesto, Calif. and has been living in San Diego, Calif. since 1999 and currently resides beach-side with her husband and two children.   She attended California State San Marcos, obtaining her teaching credential in 2003, but the life-changing birthing experience of her son changed her career path and she has worked at The Scripps Research Institute since 2000 as a scientific administrative assistant to a laboratory.   Sloan still has hopes to teach one day after her children are older, so for now she works as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms.

When asked to comment on her award, Sloan says, “Receiving the Hope Award is one of the highlights of my life, but it is not as important as the hope that I received when I was dealing with the questions, anger, frustration, fears, and sense of betrayal that I felt during and following my personal preeclampsia experience.  I was reaching out and, when I did, I found a world of caring, loving people with similar, and worse, experiences and the same feelings of fear and anger.  The Foundation provided me the opportunity to give back and that giving back has made my life richer and deeper in so many ways.  I am not glad that I had preeclampsia, but I am glad for all that has come to me as a result of my experience.”

About the Preeclampsia Foundation:  The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org.

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