It is fitting that November is the month of thanks-giving. At the Preeclampsia Foundation, we have many people and much to be thankful for, starting with the launch of our new website. If you haven't yet, please visit our new home. Same address - www.preeclampsia.org - but with a complete renovation that allows us to include more content and address our ever-expanding mission into areas such as advocacy, international support, and research communications.
The team including Dan Verakis, Amit Jesani and a host of developers literally spanning the globe, are to be commended for leading us through this complex process. Please bare with us as we will inevitably hit some unforeseen snags in our database or in the website itself. Rest assured, security and your privacy have not nor will ever be compromised. Your trust in us is paramount.
Our trusted science writers, including Caryn Rogers, Heather Curtis and several members of our Medical Board ensure that the latest, accurate health information is online and we thank them for their valuable contributions. We take our position as the #1 source of preeclampsia information on the internet very seriously, and will continue to provide patient information that is medically accurate and helpful. Please let us know how we are doing to meet your needs.
2010 has been a year of progress and reflection for the Foundation, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, culminating at Saving Grace - A Night of Hope in Seattle on Nov. 6. We are so thankful for the extraordinary efforts put forth by co-chairs Bonnie Rosenbloom and Autumn Spear. The event promises to be quite inspiring and entertaining. There, a beautiful book, Preeclampsia: A Decade of Perspective, will be debuted and would not have been possible without the tenacity of Jill Siegel, Laney Poye, Marshall Lindheimer, dozens of writers and contributors, Ruder Finn (London), DrinkerBiddle (Washington, DC), and the beautiful graphic design services donated by Hannah Wygal of Monster Design. This 40-page publication serves as not only a compendium of our milestones, but as a call-to-action to health care professionals, patients, researchers, policymakers and others to work together on our ambitious but life-saving mission. The future we envision is within our grasp.
One of the most exciting aspects of our recent participation at the ISSHP World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, was receiving the overwhelming support of these world leaders in preeclampsia. Our collective call-to-action is captured in this Proclamation and will further materialize as we work toward a Global Preeclampsia Awareness Day in Geneva in 2012. I'll report more on our successes at the ISSHP World Congress in the coming month.
We are also so thankful for the many families who look for creative and challenging opportunities to raise awareness and funding, like Laura Dale who is tackling a half marathon effort!
We are grateful for your stories - stories that inspire, help us feel a little less alone, and remind us that amidst tragedy, life can be reborn. Renee Feagan found her life completely changed after her preeclamptic pregnancy and honored us with the sharing of that experience.
So much to be thankful for, not the least of which that none of this would be possible without your support. Please take a moment to experience our donate button on the new website and share your feelings of gratitude with us, too!