It's March... which in Florida means spring training for Major League Baseball. In fact, I can practically hear the crack of the bat just ten minutes from our headquarters! But the real home runs are happening for the Preeclampsia Foundation all across the country. We're halfway to Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and our Promise Walk teams all across the United States are knocking it out of the ballpark!
Fundraising teams have used our new tools and are doing a superb job, putting our Promise Walk $7,000 ahead of where we were last year. And not only will we be celebrating our first-ever national designation, but 16 states and cities have declared May Preeclampsia Awareness Month in their jurisdictions. Read on for an interesting article that describes why that is so important to our advocacy work. I'm also trying really hard not to spill the beans on two exciting announcements we'll have in May, plus oodles of fun events like Twitter chats, blogs, and virtual campaign buttons with content partners, which you'll hear more about next month.
Later this month, we'll be at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, announcing new funding for research grants and providing investigators a sneak peek at a new research tool we're developing. It's a source of deep pride that the Preeclampsia Foundation has funded over half a million dollars in research, delivering on its mission to catalyze research. Members of our Medical Advisory Board recently met and adamantly reinforced the important gap that the foundation is filling through our Vision Grant program.
What makes this possible? It is because we have amazing volunteers working hard, having fun, being creative, and always leaning into the edge of possibility to raise the money and make the connections that make these programs achievable. To each of them we give enormous thanks!
Although awareness is our "theme" this month, I fear that term tends to get overused and the impact of what awareness-building can accomplish gets lost. The collective work of every supporter, fundraiser, volunteer, researcher, physician, nurse, midwife - in short, every friend of the foundation has contributed to a growing awareness that preeclampsia will no longer be left as a footnote in pregnancies. It is not orphaned. It is not rare. It is not inconsequential. It is worthy of progress, attention, funding, education, and public awareness. It is worthy of the main stage. And you - no matter your role or responsibility - have played a critical role in raising the awareness that has allowed us to accomplish much.