Springfield resident Stephanie Steiner suffered from preeclampsia, a disorder that occurs during pregnancy and affects both the mother and the fetus, while pregnant with her first child, Marissa. In the final weeks of her pregnancy, Steiner faced potentially life-threatening symptoms. Her face, hands and feet swelled tremendously and her blood pressure skyrocketed. Marissa was born just 34 weeks into the pregnancy and weighed only three pounds and five ounces.
Now twelve years later, the Steiners are working to bring awareness and attention to the disease. Working with the Preeclampsia Foundation, Stephanie Steiner organized last year's local Mother's Day Promise walk, which raised over $12,000 for the foundation. This year, Marissa joins her as the Preeclampsia Foundation's youngest Promise Walk co-coordinator. Taking on the project as her special mitzvah (good deed) project for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah, she said she wants to express her gratitude for the lives of herself and her mother, as well as to take steps to combat this disease that threatens her own future childbearing.
After receiving the township proclamation, the Steiners reported that they have made “tremendous progress” with this year’s walk. With the walk set for May 19 in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park, they have already raised $12,000 and signed up 80 participants. For more information or to register to walk/donate, please visit www.promisewalk.org/cranford or contact Cranford Walk Coordinator Stephanie Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org