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Let’s Walk!

Last reminder I promise (no pun intended).  Tomorrow is the day of the Promise Walk.  For those of you in the Kansas City area, there will be a story running on Fox 4 News tonight (Friday) at 5:00 pm and again tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 7:00 am.  I was asked to speak about our story and about our loss of Joshua.  My prayer is that I can help highlight the importance of and need for more research to be done on pre-eclampsia to help prevent any family from going through a situation like we had to endure in February.

So, in an effort to feel like we are doing something to honor Joshua’s memory, and to maybe help prevent this kind of situation from happening again.  We are doing the Promise Walk for Pre-eclampsia this year.

Here is the link for anyone that would like to sign-up to either walk with us  if you are local (our team name is Joshua’s Line Up – continuing with the baseball theme that we were planning for the shower and nursery) on May 18th or to donate. 

http://www.promisewalk.org/pfpw/teampage.asp?fundid=3172

We are supporting the Preeclampsia Foundation‘s mission to reduce infant and maternal illness and death due to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Please register to walk with us or make a donation to help fund research!  And a HUGE thank you to all of you who have so generously donated already.  As of this morning we have raised $575 and have 10 people walk in Joshua’s Line-Up!  I’m pretty excited about that.  You all are amazing.  You have no idea how much it truly means to Patrick and me.

We are walking in honor of our son, Joshua Patrick Denney who was born on February 20th, 2013 at 29 weeks due to preeclampsia. We never got to bring our son home, but we hope that we will be able to help in some way to find a cause and a cure so that no other families have to go through a loss like this.
The following is from the Promise Walk website:
“We walk to raise awareness…
Too few know the reality and impact of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy that affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Yet preeclampsia is not rare:  It happens in as many as one in 12 pregnancies.  And any woman can be affected, regardless of her race, ethnic background, skin color, size, hometown, or whether she is rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle. Even good health and healthy habits aren’t a guarantee of protection against this disorder.

We walk to save lives…
Awareness can lead to timely diagnosis and more diligent health care.

In most cases, if a woman and her doctors realize she has preeclampsia, and it is close to her due date, the baby can be delivered with relatively few problems to either mom or baby.

But sometimes – by some estimates, in about 25% of the cases – serious complications can occur. Preeclampsia affects the mother’s kidneys, liver, brain and other vital organs and can lead to seizures, bleeding in the brain, organ failure, and even death. The baby may suffer from the effects of being born too early, have growth restriction—or may die.

We also now know that women who have had severe preeclampsia go on—at much higher rates than the average woman—to have heart disease and other long-term health issues.

You can read more about preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy on our website.

We walk to find a cause and a cure…
No one knows yet what causes preeclampsia.  There are no definite ways to prevent it.  Nor is there a cure.  But through research and the efforts of families and those affected, we are making progress.  We have a better understanding today than we had even 10 years ago.

Those of us who have survived or lost a loved one to preeclampsia have promised not to remain unchanged by the experience, but to do all we can to make a difference for others. The Preeclampsia Foundation is making strides and delivering hope—and the Promise Walk is a big part of that.

We walk with you…
When you participate in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, you are taking meaningful strides to save mothers and babies during the most important time in their shared lives, and helping to ensure good health for the rest of their life’s journey. Help us deliver hope today and fulfill our promise to deliver a cure for tomorrow.

The money you raise supports the educational programs of the Preeclampsia Foundation that help moms get the information they need for the healthiest pregnancy outcomes. It also funds research and catalyzes new researchers to embrace this important field of study.

Every stride brings us closer to ensuring healthy pregnancies for all women, and delivers hope to millions of families around the world.”

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