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Postby carolh » Sun May 08, 2005 10:24 pm

Hi All -

The Ann Arbor Walk completely surpassed our initial expectations....in every way! Our weather was beautiful (although the wind kicked up for a while and had us all chasing blowing papers.......thank godness the extra juice boxes double as paper weights) and we had a wonderful turnout. I'm still adding everything into the spreadsheet but we had approximately 160 walkers, 50 of which registered on-site! My OB, who is the Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Univ of Mich came and gave everyone an update on current preeclampsia research and inspired us all to persist in our committment to the cause by spreading the word and continuing participation in events like this. He stayed for the entire event and fielded questions from many, many people (he even helped jump our minivan when the battery died!). We also had another doctor present (who I didn't know was coming) from Univ of Mich School of Nursing. She is the principal investigator in a preeclampsia and exercise study and she was happy to say a few words about their research. During the Walk the bidding was open on our Silent Auction and we announced the winners at the end. We also did a Drawing at the end that everyone was entered into......we had many gift certificates and other 'non-auctionable' items to give away.......people seemed to be thrilled with that!

Once I get all the checks, cash and credit cards plugged into the spreadsheet I'll know for sure........but as of right now it appears we made $1355 on our Auction and collected almost $6000 in registration fees and donations! Our grand total is approx $7300!!!!!

Many thanks to Jennifer Crane and Lynn Petersmarck who helped me in so many ways!!! They worked hard in the planning stages and even harder at the registration table on the day of the Walk!

All of our prayers were answered on Saturday.......the weather, the turn-out, the money, the awareness, and the potential connections and opportunities for the PF through some of the people met. The only thing that wasn't perfect was my health!!! Unfortunately the stomach bug that started with my son during the week also got to my daughter on Friday afternoon and then I was the lucky last recipient on Friday night! I started throwing up at 1:00am and it didn't stop until I left the house at 6:00am to head to the park to set up (nothing left in me by then!). I guess the adrenaline must have kicked in to get me through the Walk but when I got home I got into bed and didn't get out until 10:30am on Sunday!

It's so exciting to hear how well the Walks went everywhere else! Congrats to everyone for all your incredibly hard work! We did it!


Carol Hamilton, Pharm.D.
Michigan Coordinator
National Group Coordinator
Ann Arbor

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Postby denise » Sun May 08, 2005 07:48 pm

I've got a couple photos from the MN walkathon on my website: http://hometown.aol.com/scrapperlang/WalkAThon.htm

We started up this site to send to our family/friends/coworkers to educate and explain what the walkathon/PE/etc was.

Awesome job everyone!!!!!

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Postby tommysmommy21004 » Sun May 08, 2005 06:59 pm

Congratulations, Ladies!! So glad to hear that everything went well with WAT!!

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Postby annegarrett » Sun May 08, 2005 05:57 pm

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.

Anne Garrett
Preeclampsia Foundation

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe Official Word!!XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

291 walkers
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!

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Postby molly419 » Sun May 08, 2005 06:25 am

Hi Everyone! Our walk in Grand Rapids, MI turned out well! We had great weather for the walk, and 38 people came out to support preeclampsia. Between donations and the items that we held for the silent auction, we made $620.00. Thanks to Jennifer and her husband Rob, we had an incrediable amount of donated snacks and drinks. We had an awesome time, and a lot of support from those who came out. The whole walk in general went well, considering this was Jennifers and my own first walk. Of course, there are things that we will do different next year, but all in all I am very proud of everyone who has put their time and energy into making this walk and all the walks around the nation such a success!

Abigail (14 months) born at 25 weeks, 1lb 1oz. due to preeclampsia and HELLP

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Postby mom2tori » Sat May 07, 2005 08:41 pm

Hey ladies!!! Our walk here in WI turned out great! We had almost 50 walkers with almost a dozen on-site registrations. The weather was beautiful! The quick count gave us a total of close to $3000! Of course that was just a quick count so it could be a little different when it is actually carefully counted through and everything is added up. We weren't as organized as I would have liked but it was a great day and we were all busy talking to each other(many people that didn't know each other until today) I was very impressed with how supportive everyone was. The star charms didn't go as well as I had hoped but I told everyone I would have them for a little bit yet so hopefully this week I will be able to talk some more people into them. We had a mini bake sale and that went well. Set up and clean up went smoothly and quickly. I was extremely nervous this morning but as I began to meet people and things were going well I relaxed quite a bit. We had several people who had to drive to get here-it was nice that they were able to make it. I think overall the whole walk went incredibly well considering I have never done anything like this before. I had a LOT of help and will never be able to thank everyone enough.

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Victoria 1/8/02 @ 30 weeks

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Postby aimeejane » Sat May 07, 2005 06:50 pm

Hi all!!

The Atlanta walk went well, too! The weather was downright gorgeous; we're having a cool spring this year, so the high today was only 77, which made for glorious morning walking weather.

We had 21 registered walkers, plus their kids! It was a neat little group, and we vowed to make it even bigger next year.

We had 7 walkers register on-site, we had about $1200 in donations, and we raised $90 through our silent auction. I just plugged ALL of the numbers into my spreadsheet, and taking into account all of our expenses, we made about $1500 net here in Georgia!!! That almost triples what I thought I would be able to get when I set out to do this a few months ago.

I can't WAIT to hear how ALL the walks went!

Major congrats to everyone. You ladies (and men!) are fabulous.

Now I'm going to go crawl back onto the sofa, where I spent most of the afternoon...does anyone else feel like about 10 years' worth of adrenaline has suddenly left their bodies??

Georgia State Coordinator
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Ds Nicky - 3/24/00 (28 wks - eclampsia)
Ds Kalen - 7/10/03 (36 weeks - preeclampsia)

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Postby kdreher » Sat May 07, 2005 03:46 pm

Hey Gals,
The Horsham, PA walk was a complete HIT..we had a great time and had a great turn out. I took a bunch of pics, we had free stuff like danish, water, food, etc and had over 10 gifts to giveaway as door prizes. Our grand total in donations and walk money was $2,045!! - and we only had about 70 walkers total. Yahoo!!!! We sent in just $130 in prepaid registrations in April so our grand total is $2,175. Everyone had a great time....

Joanne did an awesome job getting her friends and family out - and getting free stuff to give away.

Kris (35) & Tom (35)
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Postby jillmushet » Sat May 07, 2005 02:43 pm

Hi Rebecca! Thank you for volunteering at the registraton table today. You helped make everything go so smoothly.

The walk was wonderful! It was a great group of people. I counted today's donations and registrations, $1,035!!! That goes on top of close to $2000 before today!

Can't wait to hear the final national tabulations!

Claire, 34wks, 3lbs 3ozs
3/3/00, PE & HELLP

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Postby rebecca » Sat May 07, 2005 02:06 pm

The Phoenix walk was awesome!! The weather was gorgeous and we had a great turnout (I'd estimate about 75 people, maybe more). It was so wonderful to see all those white tee-shirts streaming along the pathway. At the beginning of the walk, we had to cross a small bridge over some running water, and there was a mom duck with her babies backpeddling against the flow just watching us all walk by! :) This was a great event - thanks to everyone who made it possible!

Samantha Grace 3/11/04 (34.2wks 3lbs 11.oz)

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