Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Preeclampsia, eclampsia or HELLP syndrome?
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy) and up to six weeks postpartum (after delivery), though in rare cases it can occur earlier than 20 weeks. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome and eclampsia (seizures) are other variants of preeclampsia.

The Preeclampsia Foundation is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax ID# 91-2073087. Your contribution is deductible to the full extent as permitted by law. For more information, visit


Collecting Donations

Q: Someone gave me a check/cash for my walk team. What do I do with it? First of all, don't forget to encourage your family and loved ones to give online directly through your individual fundraising page. It's easy and secure. But we also know sometimes donations come in via check, so we've made it super easy to send in donations you collect! Download our Donation Collection Form then fill it out and send it in with the checks that you've collected to our home office at 3840 W Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite 104 Melbourne, FL 32934. Our team will input those donations with credit toward your fundraising total as soon as they arrive and help your thermometer move!

Q: Do I have to have a fundraising page for every member of my team? The website is set up so that every member of your team has the option to fundraise and their own unique URL. Obviously, it is not required that every participant use their page, but it is there in case they or you want to use it! That's why we require a separate username and password for EACH participant. We encourage you to make sure each adult member of your team uses a unique email address so we can encourage them to get involved. (You can use your own email address for participants under 18.)

Q: Is fundraising required to participate in the event? Can I just donate and participate? No, fundraising is not required. However, the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia is a fundraising event, so we'd like everyone to either make a personal donation or ask others to donate to help moms and babies. We can't fight preeclampsia without you!

Q: Are there prizes for fundraising? Our incentive program for 2020 is undergoing changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Changes will be announced at a later date.


Q: Are there registration fees to participate in a Promise Walk for Preeclampsia?
A. Signing up for the Promise Walk is completely free!* We ask that you make a personal donation and/or fundraise to help moms and babies. That's right, there is NO barrier for you, your family or your friends to come out and support a GREAT cause. Instead, we are asking that you:

  1. Register early.
  2. Customize your individual and team donation pages with your story. 
  3. Make a meaningful gift to your own team.
  4. Ask friends and family to make a donation to you and your team.
  5. Show off your status as a VIP supporter through our awesome incentive items!

The Promise Walk is a fundraiser, and the dollars you help to raise are the means by which we make a difference in the lives of moms, dads, babies and the families that are affected by hypertension in pregnancy. Our end goal? A world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of moms and babies. For more details on how your donation dollars are used, you can visit the Preeclampsia Foundation's Finance page and view our most recent Annual Report.

*Some Promise Walk for Preeclampsia events also have certified 5K runs scheduled on the same day and location. A registration fee is required to sign up for events with a 5K run.

Q: Do I have to register my toddler/infant/child?
A: Please do! By registering your children, you let us know how many kids will be on site to access the kids' activities our local walk coordinators have planned. This is definitely a family-centric event, so we welcome and encourage all ages of participants to attend.

Q: How do I get a t-shirt? 

A: Our National shirt is available for purchase at the Promise Walk Store on Bonfire. Some walks provide shirts as part of your registration fee.

Team t-shirts are available for purchase by our Team Captains! Not only will your team get more choice of sizes (including ladies' fit, adult, youth, toddler and infant sizes) and colors, but this means that you can have your team's name customized on the back of the shirt. What a great way to show your Promise Walk team spirit! Team t-shirts will be shipped to you in advance of the walk, so you can start much earlier in showing off proudly what an important part of our mission you are! Orders and payment must be processed on the Complete Image Apparel website 4 weeks before your walk event date to ensure production and shipping time.  Plus, the proceeds from the shirts will also directly benefit your local Promise Walk event!

Our shirt program is a badge of honor and recognition to the work of you and your team for this cause: the brave women, men and children, who are out there sharing your stories and educating others through the work you do to support the walk. We want these shirts to be something that you and the rest of your team want to wear over and over again to raise even greater awareness of preeclampsia's impact in your community. By moving the shirt to a purchase option, you also help us refocus the dollars we formerly spent on t-shirts back on our primary mission of education, research and awareness.

Q: What does a Team Captain do?
A: As a Team Captain, you are vital to the success of our local walks! On, a Team Captain defaults to the person who started the team. You have the ability to edit the team page and set a fundraising goal. You can also email all of your team members for things like fundraising encouragement and strategizing, planning race-day festivities, encouraging teammates to bring a friend or to host a fundraiser! To get you started, here's a Team Captain's Welcome Guide with great tips on how to be the best team in the nation!


Q: How will photos taken on the day of the walk be used?
A: All participants of the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia are required to sign a photo waiver that allows the Preeclampsia Foundation to use photos from the event for promotional purposes only. Photos of you and your team will not be sold, traded or used in any other way than to showcase the Promise Walk event and the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation through pre-approved communication channels. If at any time you have a question about how a photo is used, please contact our home office at

Walk Day

Q. What if there is inclement weather?
Most Promise Walks take place rain or shine, so make sure to check the weather beforehand and plan accordingly. Should severe weather interrupt our ability to safely host the event, we will make arrangements to hold the event at another location or date.

Q. How far is the Promise Walk?
Most walks are about 3 miles long, although they can range from one to five miles. Some have shorter routes for families and children that want to walk, but may not be able to complete a longer route. Walk paths are chosen for their stroller-friendly routes, so we both encourage and welcome all ages of supporters!

Q. What should I wear to the Promise Walk?
The Promise Walk is an outdoor event, so dress casually and wear comfortable shoes, but make sure to check the weather beforehand so you can dress appropriately.

Q. Can I bring my dog to the event?
Please select the "Find a Walk" page, select your local event and find the contact information for your local walk coordinator. Requirements concerning pets vary from site-to-site.

Questions about the website or how to set up your fundraising page? Email

Many corporations, organizations and individuals support the Preeclampsia Foundation and its mission to increase awareness about hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

The work of the Preeclampsia Foundation wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our corporate and community partners. Each of these valued partnerships allows us to reach hundreds of thousands of women through a variety of programs, services, and educational opportunities.

Join us and make an impact on a leading cause of maternal and infant death and illness by becoming a partner locally or nationally today.

Contribution Information Disclaimer

The Preeclampsia Foundation is committed to transparency, the highest standards of financial accountability and appropriate stewardship of our resources.  The Preeclampsia Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Established in 2000, we are accredited by GuideStar and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.  Our Tax ID Number is 91-2073087.

Funds received are carefully monitored to ensure their use complies with donor intent.  An annual audit of our finances is conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm, overseen by the Preeclampsia Foundation Board of Directors. Board and organization assessments are conducted by an outside party with expertise in board governance and evaluation every two years. You can view a copy of the most recent Annual Report or our most recent IRS Form 990.  Printed copies are available upon request at

We will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity.  This policy applies to all information received by the Preeclampsia Foundation both online and offline, on any Platform ("Platform", includes all Preeclampsia Foundations owned websites and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.  To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

Donation Refund Policy

If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to the Preeclampsia Foundation, we will honor your request for a refund made within 15 days of your donation.   Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. Donors have the option to give recurring donations. The Foundation will be able to refund the previous month’s donation only. 

To request a refund, or to stop/change recurring giving, call (321) 421-6957 or email us at

Overpayment or Error Refund Policy

Where an error has been made by the Foundation or a banking facility which results in an overpayment being made, the Foundation may, in consultation with the donor, refund by either a credit of the overpayment to the donor, or alternatively by check for the full amount of the overpayment. Checks will be sent within 30 days to the donor’s on file address.