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Many words come to mind when describing a volunteer: devoted, inspiring, passionate. But those words feel pale and generic when faced with the deep motivation and strength that makes up the members of the Preeclampsia Foundation's volunteer core. Each year, the Preeclampsia Foundation selects one volunteer that exemplifies the Foundation's mission and awards them with the Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year at the annual Saving Grace - A Night of Hope benefit. Candidate are nominated by their fellow volunteers on eight qualities that exemplify the highest caliber of volunteer: Teamwork, Advocacy, Need, Initiative, Achievement, Impact, Time & Mentoring.
Previous "Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year" Recipients:
"Volunteers and fellow survivors provided me with hope and encouragement when I needed it most and I endeavor to do the same for others. I cannot change what we experienced, but I can do something positive with the experiences.”
"I look back on my life and realize how lucky I am... I will never forget what has happened to me, and strive to ensure others are aware of the signs and symptoms, so they hopefully, will never have to experience preeclampsia and/or HELLP syndrome and to be a part of a club that no one chooses to join.”
"I work to help families make sure this doesn’t happen to them. I believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I reflect back on the short life of my son and know that I never would have made such a difference if it wasn’t through the loss of my son. He might be gone, but he lives on in me and in the work I do… His life wasn’t wasted and neither will mine be.”
"I look forward to the day when preeclampsia and other complications of pregnancy are relegated to history books because research has found preventions and solutions, and the education of women and of members of the medical profession has eliminated needless suffering and sorrow. Hope is what we all need; hope is what this organization provides."
"The commitment and passion behind this organization continues to amaze me and I am humbled to have been singled out among the many talented volunteers who give a portion of their lives to helping educate and save the lives of others.”
"I consider it a privilege to volunteer for the Preeclampsia Foundation. It’s personally rewarding to be an advocate for those who have yet to experience preeclampsia, and a voice for those who are no longer with us."
"My true reward comes from the opportunity to help so many other women who have been touched by the nightmare of preeclampsia. As we often say, knowledge is power and I try my best to make sure that the latest scientific information is accessible to everyone."
Ms. Muller volunteered in many different capacities, including online Community Forum moderator, webmaster and forum administrator, essentially creating the Forum infrastructure that has supported thousands of families over the years.