Welcome to the 2nd Annual
Sarasota, FL Promise Walk for Preeclampsia!
Date: May 26, 2018
Registration: 8:00 - 9:00AM
Walk Starts: 9:30AM
Location: JD Hamel Park (Across from Marina Jack's) The walk route will take us across the beautiful Ringling Bridge! The First 5 Individuals to START Their Own TEAM for the 2018 Sarasota Promise Walk will receive a personalized Promise Walk gift from Walk Coordinator Jennifer! Ready...Set...Go....
Registration is FREE!
Bring your Family!
Fun Games & Prizes for all!
Schedule of events:
8:00 - 9:00 - Registration
9:00-9:30 - Guest Speaker followed by a Pre-Walk Warm Up
By Camp Gladiator's own Willie Thomas
9:30 - Start of Promise Walk
10:30 - 11:00 - Silent Auction, Final Raffle & Awards
Contact Jennifer at: email@example.com
Meet our Mission Families!
Kaitlyn, Sean & Aubrey
"My story starts no different than most people in their 20’s. My husband and I got married in March 2016, bought a house, 2 dogs, and started a life together. In November 2016, we decided we were ready to start a family. At the end of January, 2017, we found out that we were pregnant. Sean and I were so excited and shocked that it happened so fast. I had a rough first trimester with the typical nausea and vomiting. Then some of my testing came back showing that I was a carrier for some things and subsequently my husband had to be tested to see if he was a carrier as well.
After my 18 week check up, I finally felt like I could start enjoying my pregnancy after all of the scares that "your baby might have xyz" and finding out we were going to have a baby girl. We even picked out a name. Aubrey Verleigh, her middle name to honor my grandmother who passed when I was 3 years old. But then my world completely changed on June 25, 2017. The night before I had been up all night with nausea and vomiting. I just couldn’t get comfortable and knew something wasn’t right. I just had a “feeling”. So I called the OB on call in the morning and explained my symptoms. The Certified Nurse Midwife was sure it was gallbladder related but told me to go to the OB ECC just to make sure. They hooked me up to a monitor, found Aubrey’s heartbeat and drew some labs. They did ultrasound next to see if Aubrey was ok. The Ultrasound Tech couldn’t stimulate her into moving, but she still had a heartbeat. At this point the Nurse Midwife came in and explained that I was in HELLP syndrome and I was being admitted. She had also explained I was hours away from my own death and if I had not come in, my husband would have been making a completely different phone call. As I nurse, I remembered learning about Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in nursing school, but I still wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. The next thing I know, I was being rushed up to the Labor and Delivery floor, signing consents, and having an emergency cesarean section. I remember feeling terrified and wondering if my baby was going to be a stillborn. At 12:16pm on June 25, Aubrey Verleigh O’Keefe was born at 24 weeks 6 days gestation. After fighting for 8 days, Aubrey showed that she grew tired and couldn’t fight any longer. My husband and I knew our little girl wouldn’t have a quality of life. As the NICU nurse laid Aubrey in my arms, she opened her eyes and smiled..... I knew at that time she was finally at peace. On July 3, 2017 at 2:28pm, Aubrey grew her angel wings and went to be with God. As a nurse, I can rationalize what happened. However, as a mother, I don’t feel I will ever truly understand. The loss of Aubrey, and almost losing my own life has changed the way I see, feel, and breathe. I will forever be changed from this experience. "
Jessica & Deegan
Jessica Shorin was just 31 weeks pregnant when she found out something was seriously wrong. For weeks, she had been suffering symptoms not uncommon to pregnancy, such as swelling and discomfort. With reassurance from friends and family that this was “normal and to be expected with any pregnancy,” Shorin felt something still wasn’t right. It wasn’t until Shorin’s mother pushed her to make an emergency appointment with her doctor that she realized her suspicions were right all along. Shorin was immediately sent to Lakewood Ranch Women’s Center with the concern that there may be an issue with her gall bladder. It turned out that wasn’t the case. Shorin was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, a severe variant of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood platelets. Due to the severity of Shorin’s condition, she was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where she was informed that the only way to save both her and her son’s life was immediate delivery. Shorin’s son, Deegan, was delivered via emergency cesarean section at just 31 weeks gestation by well-known Sarasota Maternal-Fetal Medicine provider Dr. Washington Hill.
“That was the most terrifying moment of my life,” recalls Shorin. “Everything happened so quickly that there was no time to really comprehend what was going on.” Shorin spent five days in the hospital receiving multiple blood, platelet, and plasma transfusions in order to get her stabilized. Deegan remained in the NICU for 16 days. Shorin and her son were some of the lucky ones to have both survived this harrowing disorder.
“Although the circumstances that got me here were less than ideal, I am honored to share my story and help raise awareness regarding Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome in hopes that women are more informed about these pregnancy related disorders,” Shorin stated. “One of the most important lessons that I have learned is to listen to your body and don’t be afraid to make your doctor aware if something feels off. It can never hurt to be overly cautious.”
Thanks to her mother who pushed her to get an emergent appointment with her obstetrical provider and with extra vigilant care by a team of high-risk expert health care providers, Shorin delivered a healthy baby boy, Deegan, who is now approaching his 7th
“I was very fortunate to have delivered a healthy baby and that I was also okay,” said Shorin. “Sharing my story with future mothers through the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
gives us the power of educating ourselves to know the signs and symptoms to look for when faced with Preeclampsia/HELLP. I am thrilled to assist the Preeclampsia Foundation in the hopes of helping another woman not have to face HELLP Syndrome alone.”