When the walk is over....Post your results here!!!

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Postby browncow » Fri Jun 03, 2005 08:26 am

I planned to participate in the Tampa walk-a-thon but couldn't even stand upright on event day! I plotted out the entire weekend: my birthday on May 6, the walk-a-thon on the 7th, and Mother's Day on the 8th.

Alas, my sciatica chose a most inappropriate weekend to render me walkless. [:(!]

Here I am a month later and finally able to stand straight without looking like a human S or hunchback! Anyone wanna walk now? [:p] Perhaps I can hold out until the next one!

I was quite pleased to read of the Toledo, Ohio, results; I was born in Toledo and my birthmother and brothers live in that area. I'd mentioned the walk-a-thon and this website to them and while they didn't participate, all have taken an interest in learning about preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.

When I found my birthmother in 2002, we discussed medical backgrounds and I was amazed at the similarities between my problematic pregnancy and those of her mother. My daughter was born at 29 weeks per full blown eclampsia and HELLP and her pregnancies were:

*my birth mother, oldest and born healthy
*boy born at seven months, Down's Syndrome, lived 11 days
*miscarriage at seven months attributed to "some form of toxemia"
*miscarriage at six months, again attributed to "some form of toxemia"
*boy born at seven months, undiagnosed PKU leads to mental retardation, death in 1998 at age 42
*girl born at six and 1/2 months, blind per retinopathy of prematurity, seven months in hospital (she is now an accountant for Discover Card and lives independently in Columbus)
*doctor ordered termination at seven months per, you guessed it, "some form of toxemia."

And yet another reason why all adoptees deserve potentially life saving medical backgrounds from their birth families, but that's a whole other topic...

Have a great day, ladies! [:D]

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Postby lors63 » Fri May 20, 2005 02:18 pm

Greetings Ladies, I rarely post but wanted to come and see how wonderful you all did on your walks! Congrats!

Well my walk in Seabrook Texas was small but my heart was big and full of joy and tears that I FINALLY could do something about what happened to me.....

I will do it again every year~ no matter where I live~ for the rest of my life Lord willing.

We passed out so much stuff and no one came but friends from my playgroup that I formed in Jan of this year as I have only been in Texas 2 years this August. But I was still certain that my walk of 9 could make a difference.
(The yearly Greek Festival and the Rowing Clubs event kinda took over the park area.)

I raised a total of $ 840 dollars. One friend raised $90 of that with her family walkers and a friend. So my personal was $740. I thought to myself if each person (of our 9,this includes me and my hubby, so thats 8 got 740 that would have been $5920! more on top of my 740$.

I got a late start and was sick off and on, both sons had rotovirus,one week after the other one,my dryer vent was broke(clogged) during this time and I cloth diaper both kids , along with all the sheets and towels we used due to the rrotovirus,
Husband was out of town twice , and I have an Autistic son(the Pre Ecl one) so I could only go out when he was at school (8-11) with my younger (19 month old). But I did what I could do. No excuses next year!

But next year my personal goal will again be $5000 and we will see who joins me here in Seabrook,Texas, any volunteers? :)

You all did wonderful jobs and I hope my WAT can be like some of yours next year. HUGS and BLESSINGS to all of you,

Lorraine Inman
Pre Ecl/HELLP Survivor~12/20/01~
NO PRE ECL the second time! 10/01/03 second son born

Here are my pictures of our walk if you wish to look~
http://www.snapfish.com/share/p=1162011 ... /otsi=SALB

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Postby Dawn D » Wed May 18, 2005 02:02 pm

P.S. I also wanted to add that we had an RN manning a minor First Aid table and we offered free BP checks. This was well-received and as a big finale, my BP was taken at the end of the event. I am not happy to report that it was quite high - 140/100 !!! Not sure if this was from all the excitement and running around I did that morning, or from walking, or a point of concern. It did come down slightly a few minutes after this initial reading, but I will be following up with a doctor soon.


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Postby Dawn D » Wed May 18, 2005 01:56 pm

Hi all,

We had a wonderful event last Sat (the 14th)in Pottsgrove, PA. It was a great morning for a walk! Despite a low turn out of walkers, we raised quite a bit of money. I will share detailed figures and results with Jaime, but looks like we collected $1700 total in sponsorships, donations and walk fees. This is with only 23 people plus some children who actually walked!!

There are so many walks and fundraisers going on in our area this time of year that many people just donated $. But, the impact that we made from our little site is, for me, heartwarming.

Only a few walkers gave just the $15 fee, most gave more - along with additional donations. Every single walker put on their t-shirt to walk and handed out fliers to passing cars.

Additionally, we had 72 tickets donated as give-aways from our minor league baseball team (Reading Phillies),water bottles were donated by Dairy Queen (this store was conveniently the turn around on our walk route), and fruit was donated by the local Redner's Market.

One more note... On Mother's Day, I spoke at two worship services at my church (St. James was our biggest sponsorship). My message was informative, moving, and well received and prompted much conversation following the services. Many women and men approached me to get more info and ask questions and provide support. Interestingly, 2 women over the age of 60 told me of symptoms they experienced during their deliveries several years ago. One was even advised back then not to have any more children because of her severe swelling and affected kidney. She never knew of the term Preeclampsia.

I would have loved to have had more walkers and to have raised more $, but I am so proud and pleased at those who gave what they could. Most importantly, I acheived my personal goal of informing others and increasing awareness about what I (and you) have gone through!

Congrats to all of you as you celebrate your site's success!

Dawn Detweiler
dd born 3-13-02 / @30 wks/ 3 lbs/ emerg c-sec/ severe preE/ worsened following delivery

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Postby melissa71502 » Mon May 16, 2005 09:22 am

The Florida WAT was successful. We had about 25 walkers and a lot of donations! We raised $1900, with little overhead because of our sponsors. We had autograph signing by a Devil Rays player and some prizes to give away. The weather was beautiful and it was so nice to meet other members and their supporters. We did have one on-site registration from one of our radio annoucements! I am so excited to see the amount of money we raised as a group! Congratulations to all of you for making a difference!

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Kalindi 7/25/02, 35 weeks(HELLP)
Madelyn 2/5/04, 38 weeks (PIH borderline pre-e)

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Postby danyel » Mon May 09, 2005 03:39 pm

AWESOME job, ladies! I am so impressed and proud of everyone!

The Portland, OR walk-a-thon was small but packed with enthusiasm, love and amazing support. We had about 30 walkers and in total, I'm looking at an income of about $1,500. I met some incredible women and was over-whelmed by the support my own friends and family contributed. I am definitely on board for next year, and making Portland's event an even bigger success. I took some pictures and am ready to post them.

CONGRATULATIONS and a huge thank you to you all. It's inspiring to see what a group of people can accomplish, along with the emotional support we can all find. You go, girls!

Danyel (30)
DH: Sean
Parents of Jake Kyle born 30 weeks via c-section on 5/25/03 - 2 lbs. 14 oz. - severe PE / HELLP

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Postby aimeejane » Mon May 09, 2005 12:23 am

This is so great!!

Eleni, I hope you organize another walk next year - officially or not! My sis would love to drive down from Redondo Bch & join you. :) $300 at the last minute - way to GO!!

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Postby eleni » Mon May 09, 2005 11:59 am

The San Diego WAT was more of a token location. I couldn't just let the day go by without doing SOMETHING. So Sandy and I just emailed a few friends (I'm new in SD so my circle hasn't expanded that far yet) and she had contact with some PE survivors. We had 11 walkers, plus 12 children tagging along. We sold a few additional t-shirts and some Promise Stars so total money raised is almost $300. More importantly -- and I'm sure this happened everywhere -- we raised awareness. From one of our walkers:

"It was FUN today! I wanted to pass on that while we were walking back, a mom asked about what PE was (on our t-shirts) and I talked with her and gave her a brochure :) Then I heard her reading it and chatting with her friend about it. They were shocked about a lot of
it :) So the word GOT OUT! :)"

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Postby wcarder » Mon May 09, 2005 11:37 am

Toledo Ohio Walk Report: I have to say we had PHENOMENAL sponosors. We had 300 donuts donated, juice, water, etc. SEVERAL Toledo Mudhens players and their wives came, as well as the team Mascot - Muddy the Mudhen. It was REALLY impressive to see these young guys giving their time to suppport our cause. In total, we had about thirty walkers (+ kids), but we raised about $3000 (Alli has the exact calculations -- I'll have her update later), but most importantly, we raised awareness and that's what it's all about! Course, we had a lot of left overs.... we took DOZENS (and I mean DOZENS) of donuts and water bottles to the Ronald McDonald House and a local homeless shelter. They were incredibly grateful, and it was really great to be able to do that.
I also want to say how wonderful Alli Creek is. What a blessing that she moved here mid planning from Tampa FL! How lucky was I? She worked SO hard, and I COULD NOT have done it without her - Alli, you are my most favorite perfectionist. (; Thanks for not allowing me to drop the ball (unintentionally or otherwise). I feel so fortunate that you ended up here - not only for the sake of our walk, but for my sake as well. I truly cherish our friendship.
Ultimately, this has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. And, this is only the beginning. I'm so excited to hear how successful everyone was with their walk. It feels so good to know that we are taking action. Congrats to everyone!

DD~ Kenzie Celeste, 30 weeks GA, severe PE


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Postby rachel a » Mon May 09, 2005 09:57 am


Well, our Hope, Arkansas WAT was a bigger hit than I had hoped for. With a city pop. of just 10,000 and just 4 (Yep, that's right) pre-registered walkers, we ended up with 23 in attendance, plus children. I had an additional 22 (non-walking) donations. Still haven't figured totals yet.

I wish I could have recruited more walkers but I'm sure proud of what everyone accomplished!! I know I had a B-L-A-S-T!!

Rachel Adamson
Arkansas Coordinator

Dylan Samuel 10/04/04 @ 32 weeks (due to severe PE)

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