My apologies for not posting sooner. Just wanted to share with all how the Awareness Event last Tuesday night went.
In a word: FANTASTIC!
The size of the audience was estimated to be near 100 (some last-minute attendees did not register), evenly divided between healthcare professionals and general public.
First speaker(s) of the evening were the hosts, Dan and Kelly Burich. Kelly told of her experience with pe and HELLP with the birth of her son 18 months ago, and also expressed her frustration with the medical staff failing to listen to her when she was trying to tell them something was wrong. Thankfully, a doctor experienced in pe made the diagnosis in time.
Second speaker of the evening was Lauren Ward Larsen. Although we have heard parts of her presentation in the past, it still is very powerful and emotional. Lauren shared her experience with pe and HELLP, as well as stories of other women (including our daughter Shelly) who battled pe, but were not fortunate enough to survive due to complications. During her presentation, pictures of her and the other women she talked of were shown on the two big projection screens behind her. I heard several gasps from the audience during her presentation.
After a brief intermission, Dr. Stephen Hunter gave his presentation. It was very good, containing more medical content and terminology for those attending for CEU credit.
Closing out the evening was Dave Green, CEO of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). He spoke of his daughter's experience with pe last summer.
Overall, it was a great evening. Several pe and HELLP brochures were distributed, as well as registration forms for the upcoming Walk. And, we gained a new Major sponsor for our Walk (MVRBC). It's been suggested that we make this a annual event, as a kick-off for the Walk.
Our efforts to raise awareness will continue.