Last Saturday's event was very good, in most regards.
The PF was well represented. Tom Viall, Jaime Nolan, and Missy Updike (GC from Nebraska) all attended, as well as Brenda and myself.
Dr. Mahone's presentation was excellent, easy for everyone to understand with the medical terminology. She is a very personal OB/GYN, as Brenda and I had a long conversation with her after the event, in regards to Shelly.
Lauren's presentation, regardless wether you've seen it before or not, is always very emotional. A new addition to her presentation Saturday was a tribute at the end to women who have lost their lives in recent years due to preeclampsia. And the last women to be shown was Shelly. And Lauren added a caption under Shelly's picture,
"Today's event is presented in memory of Shelly (Warner) Bridgewater". Brenda and I were not prepared for that, and tears flowed.
The biggest disappointment was the small turnout. A very small crowd, probably due in part that no CEU credit was offered (which we had no control over), and other circumstances that I can't elaborate on. But the right person was in attendance that can change that. She is the coordinator for CEU's for Central Iowa, herself a preeclampsia survivor. She was quite moved by the event, and pledged her support for any future events. So, hopefully we "got our foot in the door". We are planning another awareness event for late February or early March, as part of a kickoff event to promote the Walk in Davenport.
Meanwhile, our efforts to raise awareness will continue...