November 2016

As we approach Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support of the Preeclampsia Foundation. We're grateful for your commitment to a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens or takes the lives of mothers and their babies -- where families can stay healthy and whole. You are appreciated by all of us at the Preeclampsia Foundation.
Preeclampsia Foundation's volunteer medical director earns esteemed award
By Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director
When an awardee's credentials begin with "He got his degree in psychology and taught 5th and 6th grade in Texas," one doesn't naturally think "a giant in the field of preeclampsia."

And yet, that is how Professor Dr. Mark Brown, President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP), began his introduction of Dr. Thomas R. Easterling this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the winner of the Chesley Award. And nobody is more deserving or humble about it.

Dr. Easterling, Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist at the University of Washington, as well as - and especially - the Director of the Medical Advisory Board for the Preeclampsia Foundation, was named the 2016 winner of this prestigious award named after Leon Chesley, widely recognized as the father of 20th century understanding of preeclampsia.
Put your power into your very own Party With a Purpose!
Yes, you have the power to throw a great Party with a Purpose fundraiser with a complete party kit from us! Are you a host or hostess with the mostest? Do you enjoy making a difference for a great cause? If you'd like to join the fun, we need your help with this fall's special fundraising campaign called Faces of Preeclampsia: Party with a Purpose!

We're asking you to represent the Faces of Preeclampsia by hosting a Party with a Purpose at your home as an informal and informative way to engage your circle of family, friends, and colleagues. Join with dozens of families across the country this fall as they have fun for a great cause!

Your party can be whatever you'd like it to be...a wine tasting, trivia night, etc. We're encouraging our hosts to keep their events simple and personal. To make it as easy as possible for our hosts, we've prepared a Party with a Purpose checklist and supply box with everything you need to host a party of your own (except food and beverage!). We'd like to schedule these parties from now through December 17.

Are you interested in helping this cause that directly impacts moms and babies? Please contact Sara Gauthier, Donor Relations Coordinator, for more information at 800-665-9341 or
Preeclampsia survivor becomes THE PROMISE ME COLLECTION Face of KROMA® Makeup
The Preeclampsia Foundation recently announced that preeclampsia survivor Elizabeth Papandreas is THE PROMISE ME COLLECTION Face of KROMA® benefiting the Foundation. The Central Florida-based professional makeup company announced its new "Promise Me Fall " collection at the Preeclampsia Foundation's Patient Advocates Summit in October.

The "Promise Me Fall" collection is now available for purchase on the KROMA website as a continuation of KROMA Makeup's commitment to raise awareness of preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening hypertensive disorder of pregnancy that affects approximately five to eight percent of all pregnancies in the United States. Papandreas' story will be featured in KROMA® marketing and Preeclampsia Foundation communications.

Patient Advocates Summit filled with fellowship and learning
The Preeclampsia Foundation hosted their first "Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Patient Advocates Summit on October 13-15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. A lovely group of advocates joined together for two days of intensive storytelling training and knowledge about preeclampsia/HELLP. Here are some of the highlights of the great time had by all!

Patient advocates learned how to effectively
tell their stories, then spent time sharing their experiences with each other.

Advocates were thrilled to hear from CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about her own harrowing experience with preeclampsia.

All of the attendees, staff, and board members took time to recognize October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Many members of our community have experienced some type of loss.
Expert grief and loss counselors from Winnie Palmer Hospital practiced compassionate peer support techniques with attendees.

Advocates thought deliberately about their "Six-Word Reason" for being a preeclampsia patient advocate, then shared it with the group.
Most importantly, attendees had a lovely time getting to meet their PE/HELLP "sisters" and event sponsors too!

Zimbabwe researcher wins EMPOWER Award
At the recent opening ceremonies of the World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) in Brazil, the Preeclampsia Foundation, along with its partners ISSHP and the PRE-EMPT/Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLab), announced the recipient of their EMPOWER Award for preeclampsia-related research.

Dr. Sarah Manyame, a physician-researcher with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Zimbabwe Parirenvatwa Group of Hospitals, was awarded $60,000 USD for her two-year project "Urine Biomarkers for Preeclampsia in High Risk Women." Dr. James Roberts with the Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will serve as Dr. Manyame's mentor.
Preeclampsia Foundation Canada awards Vision Grants
Preeclampsia Foundation Canada has announced that Dr. Brian Cox and Dr. Stephen Renaud  are the first recipients of its 201 6  Vision Grants. The grants are highly  competitive monetary awards, recognizing the best young investigators with novel research ideas in preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

 two $20 ,000 resea rch grants were awarded to the strongest scientific proposals recommended by the  Preeclampsia  Foundation's Medical Advisory Board . The Board of Directors then renders the final decision on those recommendations.

An affiliate of the Preeclampsia Foundation, Preeclampsia Foundation Canada was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in May 2015. Like the U.S.-based Foundation, Preeclampsia Foundation Canada is dedicated to raising awareness and advancing education and research of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
New coasters feature "Did You Know?" preeclampsia facts

Show off your preeclampsia knowledge with this new coaster set! Raise awareness at your next event with these custom drink coasters!  Each coaster asks "Did You Know?" on the front and provides a fact about preeclampsia on the back. Available for $12, the coasters come packaged in an aluminum tin with six different coasters in the set, and three sets are included in the tin.
Support the Foundation through this year's CFC campaign!  
If you're a federal employee, please give to the Preeclampsia Foundation during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season that runs September 1 through December 15. 

Use CFC #99819 to designate your contribution to the Preeclampsia Foundation. Thank you for your support!