by annegarrett (2525 Posts), Wed Feb 18, 2004 08:52 am
I can't tell you how often I get asked that question...so it made some sense to dedicate a corner to the reality of our disease and getting the word out. The first reason is money. The Preeclampsia Foundation usually has less than $5,000 in its account any one month--that covers rent, sometimes some salary, phone calls, our website, legal fees, accounting fees, taxes, etc...We are barely making it from month to month. Yet while we struggle--the PF is the ONLY international organization dedicated to preeclampsia and the ONLY one in the USA. Internationally 6.6 MILLION women get this disease every year, in the USA 200-400,000 pregnancies are threatened by it. There were more deaths in the USA alone last year from preeclampsia/eclampsia than there were shark attacks in the entire world. Your risk of preeclampsia in pregnancy is at least 1:20, your risk of having a baby with Downs Syndrome is 1:250. So why are we struggling? I can't explain it. We had over 37,000 unique visitors to our website last month. We had over 2 MILLION hits. This month we are already passing that mark. The need is immense but we literally cannot do this without your support. In the USA 4 Million babies are born every year--7 M pregnancies. If the brochures cost 50 cents to make, send and distribute (what a miracle that would be) it would cost us $2 M. If we were to charge a dollar for every time you checked out the website--we would have made that much money last month. We could have a brochure. Right now--without corporate sponsorship--we just can't--and that means other women will find themselves in our shoes--having lost a baby, having nearly died, or even died, because we failed to prevent that. I can't accept that. I know we can do more. Please send this link to your friends and family and encourage them to send even $10 to the Preeclampsia Foundation. $10. That is 20 brochures. 20 women whose lives and babies you may have saved. Certainly worthwhile, if you ask me.
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