I am sure Heather and Tennille have or will post but wanted to share about the Iowa walk because I was able to get there. Arrived in Chicago at 11:45 p.m. and then rented a car and drove (3 hours + 1 hour getting lost!) to Davenport where I arrived at 4:15 a.m. I slept a bit and then Heather and Tennille picked me up at 7:30 a.m. and we went to the walk. The weather was gorgeous. We had about 300 people--mostly family and friends of the Warners and Bridgewaters--including people who drove up from St. Louis and met three HELLP survivors Megan, Mary and Kelly, who took the time to say hi. Heather and Tennille just did a fabulous job--the local newspaper were sponsors, Channel 6 interviewed the girls and Brenda, Shelly's mother, and there was a ton of food donated. The morning started with Jazzercize (what a cool idea!) along the Mississippi River. For me it was so incredibly moving--given that I remember registering the url "preeclampsia.org" and working with a friend who designed the logo to pick up the font and colors--then to be standing in the morning sun by the Mississippi and talking to 300 some people from Iowa--well it was really more moving than words can describe. Estimates were that we raised about $6,000 but don't know yet. The best part was my dad, 77, surprised me by driving 3 hours out from Des Moines to see me and got to join me at a BBQ at the Warner's farm nearby. I think I got some sleep--made it home safely but quite the journey. Spent four hours in Memphis while they fixed the brakes and tire on the plane...but managed to get home for a few hours of time with my boys for Mother's Day. Thank you all...I couldn't be more proud of everyone. I am stunned, really.
Thank you so.
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Walker funds raised (registration fees + donations) = $5,325
Sponsorships ($500 Genesis, $500 Trinity, $500 NW Bank and $150 Genzyme) = $1650
Estimated TOTAL = $6,975!!!!
Also, John and Brenda have a few more checks to send it, and Brad is
planning to sell extra tshirts at school in Iowa Falls.
Thanks - hope all of the other walks went well too!
Heather and Tennille