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Members Making A Difference: February 2011

Last Updated on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Preeclampsia survivors make a difference every day. For some, that difference is finishing a marathon; for others, it's an opportunity to use special talents to develop a new awareness project.

Our new Southwest Regional Coordinator Nicole Purnell has volunteered for many years to raise awareness and funds as a tribute to her son who did not survive a severe case of preeclampsia. These efforts have grown into a Meet-and-Greet event on February 26 in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, which will offer a point-of-entry for organizing Foundation supporters to brainstorm on future local events. For more information on this gathering, please contact Nicole directly.

For the Warner family, it was the loss of their 25 year old daughter Shelly to postpartum HELLP syndrome that inspires their annual work. They are passionate supporters who, along with their extended family and friends, host an annual Taco-and-Trivia Night in Iowa to be held on February 26, with all proceeds from the evening going to the Foundation.

Coming up in March, California volunteer Jenette Zecena will be holding her 2nd Annual Anthony's Memorial Softball Tournament in memory of her son who was born at 25 weeks and would have been three this year. To register, sponsor, donate, or volunteer, please email Jenette directly.

Meanwhile in Moline, Illinois, where weather reports continually threaten snow, fifteen friends gathered for their annual all-day scrapbooking crop to benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation. Through product sales, donations, raffles, and door prizes the event raised nearly $600. Special thanks to volunteers Sarah McGinty and Jill Sanders-Colgan for their dedication in coordinating this each year!

Do you have a fundraising idea you'd like to share? Have a great organizing tip? We would love to hear how you and your local community might join our efforts and inspire other members. Email Dawn Detweiler, National Director of Local Fundraising.

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