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2011 Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year Goes to San Diegan Becky Sloan

Last Updated on Monday, September 26, 2011

Sloan to be Recognized at Dinner Gala in New York City

MELBOURNE, FL – September 26, 2011 – The Preeclampsia Foundation announced today that Ms. Becky Sloan is the 2011 recipient of its annual Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year.  This prestigious award will be presented to Sloan at its annual benefit gala, Saving Grace – A Night of Hope and Gratitude, on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton New York in downtown Manhattan, New York. The award recognizes an individual who epitomizes the true spirit of volunteerism and has made significant contributions to the Foundation in the past year.

Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, said, “It’s not hard to identify Becky’s most significant contribution as she has been instrumental in the growth and success of our signature public awareness event, The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. For the past two years she has served tirelessly as our National Promise Walk Director, organizing, motivating and supporting the work of more than two dozen local walk coordinators across the country, leading this event to far surpass what was already an ambitious fundraising goal.”

A committee comprising former recipients and a member of the Board of Directors reviews the most eligible candidates and scores them according to predetermined metrics.

Sloan has also served for the past four years as the host of her own local Promise Walk in San Diego, Calif., and is currently working to prepare for the 2012 Promise Walk. Next year’s walk in San Diego will take on additional significance as it will add a 5K run event and be held in conjunction with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting as the featured charity event.

In 2004 Becky Sloan suffered harrowing code blue eclamptic seizures during the birth of her first child, Jacob, who was delivered eight weeks early due to undiagnosed preeclampsia.  While searching for answers about preeclampsia, Sloan found the Preeclampsia Foundation. Wanting to do more to raise preeclampsia awareness, she got involved with the local walk in 2006 as a participant, became the San Diego walk coordinator in 2007 (formerly known as the Preeclampsia Walk-a-thon), and was appointed National Walk Director in 2010.  Since then, she has helped coordinators around the country raise more than $400,000 to fund research and education, and looks forward to another successful walk season in 2012.

Becky is originally from Modesto, Calif. and has been living in San Diego, Calif. since 1999 and currently resides beach-side with her husband and two children.   She attended California State San Marcos, obtaining her teaching credential in 2003, but the life-changing birthing experience of her son changed her career path and she has worked at The Scripps Research Institute since 2000 as a scientific administrative assistant to a laboratory.   Sloan still has hopes to teach one day after her children are older, so for now she works as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms.

When asked to comment on her award, Sloan says, “Receiving the Hope Award is one of the highlights of my life, but it is not as important as the hope that I received when I was dealing with the questions, anger, frustration, fears, and sense of betrayal that I felt during and following my personal preeclampsia experience.  I was reaching out and, when I did, I found a world of caring, loving people with similar, and worse, experiences and the same feelings of fear and anger.  The Foundation provided me the opportunity to give back and that giving back has made my life richer and deeper in so many ways.  I am not glad that I had preeclampsia, but I am glad for all that has come to me as a result of my experience.”

About the Preeclampsia Foundation:  The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies. For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org.

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