Posted in Volunteer Happenings on December 03, 2007 by Website
I found the Preeclampsia Foundation website in January 2003 when I was pregnant with my second child – and terrified of what might happen. That second trimester panic so many of our members know all too well.
I’ve been a volunteer ever since. Anne Garrett was my savior, and by the time my daughter Camille was born, I was a devotee for life. I thought Anne’s vision and leadership were amazing, and I wanted to help her and the Preeclampsia Foundation in any way I could. I’d have washed her windows if she’d asked me.
When I had severe preeclampsia during my first pregnancy in 1998, there was no one there. No one to help me pick up and keep going after that freight train hit. But the Preeclampsia Foundation is that ‘someone’, or rather many ‘someones’, dedicated to raising awareness and funding research. Most of all, the Preeclampsia Foundation is here providing support for women and families who need someone to turn to after preeclampsia ...
Posted in Health Information on January 04, 2007 by Website
Several years ago, Dr. Jun “Jim” Zhang, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development approached the Preeclampsia Foundation about working together on an epidemiological research study. Here was the study’s rationale:
“Preeclampsia is a syndrome of hypertension accompanied by proteinuria. It is a major pregnancy complication, associated with premature delivery, fetal growth restriction, abruptio placentae, and fetal death, as well as maternal morbidity and mortality. Although preeclampsia has been recognized for centuries, the etiology of this disorder remains unknown. Familial clustering of preeclampsia has long been identified, leading to the concept of a genetic basis for this syndrome. We propose a familial genetic study of preeclampsia. As such a study is often difficult to do, we plan to conduct a pilot study to test the feasibility, logistics and examine frequency of genetic polymorphism of certain genes in the target ...
Posted in Volunteer Happenings on May 02, 2006 by Website
Hundreds of volunteers have contributed tens of thousands of hours to fulfill our calling as an organization. Our online forum has emerged as the world’s best peer-to-peer source of preeclampsia information and support. Over 4,000 members have contributed to over 150,000 posts since its inception 3 years ago. Over 50 moderators and administrators have made that possible, all as volunteers. Dozens of local fundraisers such as poker parties, yard sales, golf tournaments, fishing tournaments, raffles and silent auctions – have been driven by volunteers, raising over $20,000 dollars. In two years, our annual walk-a-thon has been staged in 22 communities, raising $100,000 and reaching scores of people who had never heard of preeclampsia!
No matter how large we become or how quickly we reach our goal to be directed by a professional staff, volunteers will always be a critical component of our success. Your Board of Directors has developed 8 objectives for the next ...