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Preeclampsia Foundation announces 2015 volunteer award recipients

Last Updated on Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our annual volunteer recognition awards. The Foundation’s volunteer program features three award categories to reflect the growing nature of its volunteer program, which now includes more than 800 active volunteers across the country.

“We’re so pleased to recognize our exceptional volunteers, especially those who exemplify our core values,” said Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. “We couldn’t have made the strides we’ve made in awareness, education, and research without the dedication of many talented individuals.”

The award categories include the Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year, Angela Little Spirit of Giving Award, and Promise Walk Coordinator of the Year Award.

The 2015 recipients are:

Hope Award for Volunteer of the YearDawn Detweiler: After experiencing severe preeclampsia and delivering her daughter Mya at 30 weeks in 2002, Dawn became a tireless advocate for raising awareness of this life-threatening condition. She began volunteering with the Preeclampsia Foundation 11 years ago and has held numerous roles in fundraising, volunteer management, and patient education and support. She currently serves as the Lehigh Valley, PA Promise Walk Coordinator (2010 to present), the Northeast Regional Promise Walk Coach (2013 to present), and the co-founder of the In-Person Preeclampsia Patient Support Group. She is inspired by bringing comfort to others who have been through preeclampsia and helping fellow volunteers reach their greatest potential. (pictured here with daughter Mya)

Angela Little Spirit of Giving AwardBrandi Bigelow: This award, named after the Foundation’s former Director of Operations, is given to a volunteer who exhibits selfless devotion to the Foundation’s mission of education and support. As the Cleveland, OH Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Coordinator since 2012, Brandi makes it a point to cheer on her fellow walk coordinators equally across the country and celebrate their accomplishments with them. She serves as a beacon of positivity in all the things that she does in her Promise Walk and for other volunteers. She is gratified to know that the work she does as a volunteer saves lives of moms and their babies. (pictured here with husband Glen)

Promise Walk Coordinators of the Year AwardMarissa and Stephanie Steiner: Preeclampsia survivors Marissa and Stephanie Steiner are the Foundation’s only official mother-daughter coordinating team, leading one of the largest Promise Walks in the country in Cranford, NJ. As the Foundation’s youngest co-coordinator, 16-year-old Marissa began leading the Cranford event when she was 12. Both mother and daughter exemplify the Foundation’s values, volunteering countless hours, recruiting, mentoring others, raising contributions, and advocating for greater involvement and support for the education of women, healthcare professionals, and politicians. Their advocacy has extended to the state and national levels, where they have met with the governor of New Jersey, US Congress members, mayors, and many local representatives who added their support for the Promise Walks and the need for greater education and financial support for the Preeclampsia Foundation. They are honored to volunteer together, but more importantly to work toward a vision of a future where Marissa’s generation will no longer be threatened by preeclampsia.


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