Team Swanson Fundraising Page

On November 6, 2019, I went in for a routine prenatal visit. My blood pressure was high for the first time in my life - 150/100 - and my doctor was concerned. I came back in 5 hours later for a second blood pressure check and my blood pressure was still high. I was admitted to the hospital at 21 weeks 3 days and just 3 days later delivered. For our first pregnancy to end with such sadness was extremely unexpected. The only thing I knew about preeclampsia before this experience was that Lady Sybil died from it in Downton Abbey. Sadly, this isn't something that has been gone away with modern medicine and the advent of antibiotics - while preeclampsia and associated disorders was described by Hippocrates 2500 years ago, hundreds of women still die every year from preeclampsia, eclampsia, or HELLP. Over the last few months, I've been searching for what to do after this personal tragedy, and I've found my goals: be open about my experience, educate, and fund research.

Team Swanson Events!

Your help is needed, and while we can't come together in person, I hope that this event can still be fun.  The overall event is hosting a virtual silent auction which you are welcome to participate in too!



Walk Info

Reminder - The Promise Walk is on Saturday!!! Make sure you snap a pic and take a short video of who you are and where you're walking. If you're a survivor of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, wear a flower crown (or just a flower in your hair) as you walk. If you post on social media, tag your post with #teamswansonpromisewalk (yeah it's a mouthful!).

One of the great things about a virtual walk is that anyone can do it from anywhere - whether you're in Madison, Texas, or stuck abroad sheltering in place. I'm asking that everyone walk for at least 21 minutes - the gestational age I was at when I developed severe preeclampsia.

You can upload your photos and videos HERE:

Raffles and Prizes

Team Swanson knows how to have fun!  Here's what's being planned for prizes:

  • Oldest walker (let Dawn know if you are 55+) - $20 gift card to A Room of One's Own books
  • Youngest walker (let Dawn know if you think your kiddo may qualify) - $20 gift card to A Room of One's Own books
  • Walker furthest from Madison, WI - $20 Starbucks gift card or a $20 gift card to a local coffee shop
  • Furry Friend Raffle (1 entry per furry friend) - $10 gift card to Nutty Mutz & Crazy Catz
    • If a non-local wins, sub out for a local pet store of your choice
  • Local Madison walker Raffle - sourdough starter, loaf of sourdough bread, and homemade cookies
  • Grand Prize Raffle (1 entry per $25 donated) - hand knit pair of socks!

Zoom Event Information - reach out to Dawn for info about the Zoom meeting


Resources for flower crowns:


Felt flower crown -

Real flower crown -

Amazon link for the non-crafty -

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