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ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS 

Vote for a Fellow Preeclampsia Survivor!   

Click this photo to vote for Natalie by August 15 and help her make it on the cover of Runner's World magazine!
A longtime runner, Natalie Mitchell has hit some major bumps in the road of life, but especially challenging were her three pregnancies impacted by preeclampsia. All three babies were born prematurely and faced life-threatening conditions, as did she. Despite that, Natalie has kept running, including five marathons and training for her sixth in September. Now she wants other survivors to know that preeclampsia doesn't have to keep you down. To help spread that message, Natalie is working to represent ALL preeclampsia survivors on the cover of Runner's World magazine, a publication devoted to runners around the country. It will be the first time an everyday runner will be featured on the cover.

Natalie needs your help! Supporters can vote once a day by visiting her cover contest page and voting via your Facebook or Twitter login. Make sure you go through the "Inspiring Word" screen to ensure your vote counts. Voting runs through August 15, when the magazine will pull the top five women and top five men to review. Natalie needs around 4,000+ votes to put her in the top running. We'd love to see her make the front cover to support preeclampsia awareness!

GETTING INVOLVED 

Calling All Volunteer Nominations!    

Do you know an active Preeclampsia Foundation volunteer who epitomizes the true spirit of volunteerism? Have you interacted with an individual this year who you believe should be recognized for the work that they do? Then nominate them for national recognition by the Preeclampsia Foundation!

This year, we are honored to add two ADDITIONAL award categories to our volunteer recognition besides the Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year: "Promise Walk Coordinator of the Year" Award and the Preeclampsia Foundation "Spirit of Giving" Award. The addition of these two awards reflects the ever-changing impact of our volunteers and the need to recognize many different types of service.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for any of the three categories, please take a few minutes to complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VOYnom2014. You can nominate more than one volunteer - simply complete a separate questionnaire for EACH individual you wish to nominate.

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 13, 2014, so don't delay!

PATIENT SUPPORT 

Surviving Survivor's Guilt     

Have you faced the loss of someone you love because of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy? Perhaps it was your child or your spouse, a close friend or relative. Whatever the relationship, aside from the pain of the loss, you may also be confronting feelings of guilt or shame.

You may wonder 'Why did I survive and my child did not?', or 'Why did my child survive and my friend's child perish when we both went through a similar circumstance?' You may even feel responsible for the death by thinking there must have been something you could have done to change the outcome. Processing these feelings can be isolating, hurtful, and leave you wondering how to go on with life. This is known as survivor guilt.

As devastating as your situation may feel, there is hope. Here are five helpful coping strategies.

To connect with empathetic individuals who understand exactly what you are going through, we have an active discussion underway on our Facebook Page -- we encourage you to join us and share your story.

RESEARCH NEWS 

National Institutes of Health Commit $2 Million to Promote Placental Research     

This month, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) reissued two funding announcements, inviting grant applications for the development of methods to assess placental development and function. The Institutes intend to commit an estimated total of $2 million to small businesses in 2015 to support this research.

Specifically, NICHD and NIBIB are interested in research on safe, non-invasive (or minimally invasive) methods for assessing the human placenta during pregnancy, in real time. This research supports the goals of the Human Placenta Project, which aims to learn more about the placenta to improve the lifelong health of women and children.

"Preeclampsia was very well represented in the Human Placenta Project discussion and recognized as a major disease of the placenta," said Ananth Karumanchi, MD, a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Karumanchi is a researcher who represented the Foundation at the planning meeting for the Human Placenta Project.

Read the full story on the NICHD website.  

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION  

Corporate Advisory Council Adds New Members       

We'd like to welcome Beckman Coulter and rEVO Biologics, Inc. as inaugural members of the Preeclampsia Foundation Corporate Advisory Council. As members of this steering council of corporations dedicated to advancing preeclampsia research and education, they play a vital advisory and sounding board role for the Foundation.

"We're looking forward to engaging our Corporate Advisory Council members in our shared mission for education, research, and clinical development to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and the post-partum period," said Jerri Anne Johnson, the Foundation's board liaison to the Council.

It's important to note that this Council does not dictate nor even influence our objectivity regarding evidence-based medical research and clinical application. The field of preeclampsia has a growing body of stakeholders; the Council's role is to provide industry perspective for our Board of Directors and staff. As well, we provide them with patient perspective for their endeavors.

Visit the Corporate Advisory Council page for more information.
Employees from rEVO Biologics, Inc. participated in the Boston Promise Walk for Preeclampsia on Saturday, June 21.
 

RESEARCH NEWS 

Foundation Funds Travel Grants to ISSHP World Congress      

In keeping with our mission to catalyze preeclampsia research, we are offering travel grants to this October's ISSHP World Congress sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy in New Orleans. Selected by ISSHP abstract reviewers, two young investigators will receive $500 USD travel grants, and one attendee from a low-to-middle income country will be awarded a $1,000 USD travel grant. These awards are merit-based on abstracts submitted by investigators; winners will be informed prior to the meeting by September 1, and the awards formally presented at the World Congress by the Preeclampsia Foundation.

 

The ISSHP is dedicated to the advancement of clinical and basic science research in preeclampsia and hypertension in pregnancy. A major goal of the society is to encourage and mentor young or new investigators in the field.

AUGUST 2014
Featured Event  
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 12, 2014
For updates, visit our Saving Grace - A Night of Hope Facebook Page.
Upcoming Activities
 

NEWS FROM THE FOUNDATION  

Meet Our New Staff Members     
Please join us in welcoming these highly qualified and experienced professionals to the Preeclampsia Foundation:

Hugh Mackrell
Acting Director of Finance and Operations

Debbie Helton
Director of Marketing and Communications

June Melbye
Accounting Manager

Tracey Weber
Administrative Assistant to Programs and Operations

For more information on our new staff members, please visit the Staff Page on www.preeeclampsia.org.  
Want to Learn More About Preeclampsia Research? 

Late October is the ideal time to visit New Orleans!

If you are a survivor or family members interested in meeting with some of the major players in preeclampsia management and research during the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) 19th Biennial World Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana, please email Laney Poye. With enough interest, we will negotiate with event organizers to host a patient symposium. 

Note Our New Address  

We've officially outgrown our administrative offices, which have been home to the Preeclampsia Foundation headquarters for nearly five years. Fortunately, we have gained twice the space for decreased cost in a nearby building. Helping the dollars you raise go further! 

Please note our new address:
6905 North Wickham Road
Suite 302
Melbourne, FL  32940

Our phone numbers remain the same:
DIRECT: 321.421.6957
TOLL-FREE HOTLINE: 800.665.9341

2014 Volunteer Hours

Our volunteers have
reported a total of

4,185

hours so far
this year

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