Walkers make strides to raise awareness of preeclampsia


Advocates for the Preeclampsia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy, made strides May 16 at The Avenue Viera to raise awareness at the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. 

The walkers joined thousands of other participants around the country who are walking in May and June to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.

This inaugural event raised more than $9,000 to date and had more than 100 participants. 

The program featured Dr. Vanessa Dance, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Health First Medical Group, and the walkers were cheered on by the Viera High School cheerleaders.

 “We are incredibly thankful for the overwhelming support this community has shown for the families impacted by this devastating disease,” said walk coordinator Laney Poye. 

For more information or to contribute to the Space Coast walk, go to promisewalk.org/SpaceCoast

Event registration director June Melbye leads the pack to the finish as Viera High School athletes reward walkers with special pins. Below, entire families turned out for the Promise Walk around The Avenue Viera. PHOTOS BY LINDA WIGGINS

Preeclampsia Foundation event director Laney Poye and executive director Eleni Tsigas honored survivors and thanked donors.