After suffering serious medical complications and the premature birth of her son, Liam, due to a sudden onset of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in 2007, Kim Timer began to volunteer with the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome are life threatening hypertensive disorders, which occur only during pregnancy and postpartum.

Thousands of women and babies are affected every year by these disorders, which are characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure which can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure, and death of the mother or baby.

This year, in honor of her son’s fifth birthday, Timer is holding the Erie Promise Walk for Preeclampsia on May 12, 2012 starting at Heard Park in North East at 9:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The course, following the familiar Cherry Fest 5k route, will include a 5k fun run/walk and a shorter family walk. This Promise Walk is one in a series of walks across the country held to raise money for preeclampsia research.

To register, donate, or learn more, please go to www.promisewalk.org and select Erie. You can also contact Timer at Kimpfwalk@hotmail.com.

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