On Saturday, May 9, dedicated volunteers will gather for a fundraising event to help mothers and babies. These volunteers are committed to fighting preeclampsia and will walk together to raise funds and awareness of this dangerous condition that can affect the health of unborn babies and mothers. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen® will be there too, protecting walkers’ skin from the harsh rays of the Dallas, Texas sun.
Thousands of women and babies die or get very sick each year from a dangerous condition called preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Preeclampsia and related disorders, such as HELLP syndrome and eclampsia, are most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby. The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™, held in 45 locations nationwide, supports the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation as they provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve healthcare practices for millions of mothers and their babies every year who are impacted by preeclampsia and other related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
For several years, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen has been part of this effort, donating sunscreen products to Promise Walks throughout the U.S. This is our first year participating in the Dallas event and look forward to being part of their efforts.
“Blue Lizard has been a great supporter of the work our volunteers are doing in their communities,” said Laney Poye, director of community relations for the Preeclampsia Foundation. Between 250-300 people are expected to walk in Dallas. That’s a lot of valuable skin to protect, but Blue Lizard is up to the job.
Remember, you need protection from UV rays whenever you’re outdoors, not just when you’re at the pool or the beach, and not only when the sun is shining – you can get UV damage even on cloudy days. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum sunscreen, protecting skin from both UVA and UVB rays, so the Dallas Promise Walk participants can enjoy the outdoors while supporting an important cause.
For more information on preeclampsia, the Preeclampsia Foundation and the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia visit www.preeclampsia.org.
Written by Jo Northup