MADISON (WKOW) -- It affects pregnant women, and their babies, and about forty people walked to make you aware of it.
For two and half miles along Lake Monona, walkers spread the word about preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a disease characterized mainly by high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy. If untreated, both the mother and child's lives could be in danger.
Participants say even in today's world of modern medicine, tens of thousands of women die each year in childbirth.
"I developed severe preeclampsia at 31 weeks into my first pregnancy with my daughter," said Kara Boeldt, director of Wisconsin Preeclampsia. "I suffered from kidney failure, liver issues, swelling of the brain. My daughter was induced and had to be born early to save my life."
Donations and pledges support the preeclampsia foundation, which helps raise awareness and fund research to find a cure.