Our Team Fundraising Page

Thank you for visiting our team page! We are excited to "make strides and deliver hope" for families affected by preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Our team is grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word. Want to join our team to make strides? Just click the "Join Our Team" button and register! Registration to attend the Promise Walk is free to all participants.

Vera's Story

In the winter of 2018, my first pregnancy was going very smoothly when, at 22 weeks, I started feeling a little tired and "out of it".  After checking my blood pressure at the grocery store, purely out of curiosity, I was quickly admitted to the hospital with sudden, severe preeclampsia which became HELLP syndrome in a matter of days.  I went from having a happy, uneventful pregnancy to suddenly facing what no new mother should: the prospect of needing to deliver my tiny baby so that my life might be saved, knowing my daughter's life would be cut far too short.  

Preeclampsia affects 5-8% of all pregnancies and is responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths worldwide.  The only cure for this condition, once it starts, is delivery, even if the baby is too small to survive.  

In just the past few years, preeclampsia research has grown in leaps and bounds.  In fact, I'm living proof that preeclampsia can now be prevented, in some cases, and if you come to the Promise Walk, you'll get to meet the "proof": my happy, healthy baby boy who was delivered safely at 37 weeks in November!  This wouldn't have been possible without all the amazing research that's been done so far, but there's still so much to do!  Research funding matters and there is progress in this field, thanks to all of you!!

~Irene Chrismer, Vera and Benji's proud mama





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  • Anonymous August 2020
  • Ariel Hester June 2020 $25.00
  • Frederick Graboske June 2020 $250.00
  • Amelia Henchey Sorry I can't join the team this year, but I'm rooting for you! May 2020 $50.00
  • Anonymous In loving memory of the women who did not have an opportunity to meet or raise their babies. Hopefully, through research and heightened awareness, we can get to a time where Preeclampsia is no longer robbing children of mothers, husbands of wives, parents May 2020 $25.00
  • Frederick Graboske June 2020 $250.00
  • Sheri Hamersley February 2020 $250.00
  • Sarah Hash Go Team Vera! Sad to miss the actual walk this year as I will be out of town. Keep up the fabulous work this team does every year to raise money and awareness for Preecpampsia. February 2020 $140.00
  • Jason Knapp March 2020 $100.00
  • Paul and Kathy Arveson For our granddaughter, Vera Chrismer February 2020 $100.00