As we celebrate the HER Foundation’s 10th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce a new tradition with our First Annual ‘HERoes For HG’ Awards.
Please join us in a round of applause for a group that includes extraordinary volunteers, healthcare providers, maternal health partners, and media.
2013 VOLUNTEER HERo for HG
Natalie is a three-time HG survivor whose extraordinary efforts on behalf of Hyperemesis Gravidarum sufferers began when she called to comfort a desperately sick woman, at a time when she herself was hospitalized five months into her last pregnancy. She has comforted and counseled more than 100 pregnant moms by email, text message, and phone, sending them care packages with baby blankets, handwritten cards, family photos, and a poem written by her mother on the occasion of her own birth in 1985. Her counseling has also extended to moderating a busy HG group on BabyCenter.com, through which she has referred many women to HER volunteers. We are deeply grateful for Natalie’s transformative role in improving the quality and reach of our support services!
[Natalie has dedicated this honor to the memory of her proud father in heaven, Garry Patton, MD.]
2013 FUNDRAISING HERoes for HG
Pia & Wes Bushika
New England, USA
Pia Bushika is a three-time HG survivor, and recently endured HG during her pregnancy with twins. Together with her dedicated husband Wes, Pia has taken HG awareness and fundraising to new levels this year. The Bushikas organized a golf tournament in New England, where they raised more than $11,000 for the HER Foundation. We awarded 100% of these funds to HG research underway at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Pia and Wes are an inspiration, reminding us all that with passion, heart, hard work, and partnership, we can move mountains for progress on HG!
2013 SUPPORT HERo for HG
Last year a terrified pregnant mom with HG sent an email consisting of just a subject line sharing her name and address. Within a few hours, Sabrina was responding to this simple plea for help, comforting this mother by phone and personally visiting her the next day. A mother of two girls, Sabrina has counseled dozens of women across the U.S., lifting their spirits with her emails and cards. Whenever we ask if she has time to reach out to another, she replies: “Keep ’em coming!”
2013 VISITING ANGEL HERo for HG
San Fernando, CA
Willing to jump in her car (with her baby in tow) on short notice, Sarah Garcia has driven hundreds of miles around Southern California to visit HG sufferers in their homes and hospitals. Women from Anaheim to Beverly Hills to Topanga have been greeted by her warm smile and received her reassuring advice. She has corresponded with many women who she could not visit, and assisted some of them in receiving treatment from HG specialists.
2013 HEALTHCARE HERo for HG
T. Murphy Goodwin, MD
Dr. Goodwin has been a champion of Hyperemesis Gravidarum sufferers since before the HER Foundation got its start. An ob/gyn, he is Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at USC, where he has also served as chief of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and director of the USC Perinatal Group. For decades, Dr. Goodwin has been the strongest medical advocate for HG women, and his dedication to research and helping the medical profession better understand Hyperemesis Gravidarum has been unprecedented. He became a member of the HER Advisory Board in our earliest stages, spoke at our Washington, DC briefing in 2005, and went on to continue HG research. Dr. Goodwin welcomed the opportunity to become involved in the HER Foundation and invited HER founders to Los Angeles to begin collaborative research. He has always recognized how desperately HG women need support and compassion, and he has been a strong supporter of a our mission. Thank you for your leadership and vision, Dr. Goodwin!
2013 PARTNER HERo for HG
Million Moms Challenge
Million Moms Challenge – a global maternal-child health campaign and coalition sponsored by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter.com, Johnson & Johnson, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – has used its high-visibility platform to educate and raise awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Through social media and blogging, as well as naming the HER Foundation one of the “Top 12 Triumphs of 2012,” Million Moms Challenge shared our message of help and hope with mothers and families, the medical community, and maternal-child health advocates throughout the U.S. and around the world.
2013 MEDIA HERo for HG
TODAY Show co-anchor and NBC News chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie has been HG’s greatest media advocate since our founding 10 years ago. Ms. Guthrie became aware of HG when a family member suffered terribly with the condition, and she went on to do outstanding reporting on HG for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in 2007. Since that time, she has supported our awareness campaigns in social media, reaching thousands with accurate information and compassionate perspective on this threat to maternal and child health.
2013 International HERoes for HG
Heather’s traumatic first pregnancy in 2009 sparked a remarkable passion for helping HG women. Despite her hectic schedule as a mother and music teacher, Heather has devoted countless hours to insuring that the needs of HG women are understood and met – at times corresponding with up to 20 HG sufferers on a daily basis, and pioneering HER’s current practice of sending out “get well” cards to each one. After counseling primarily U.S. women from her home in Scotland, last year Heather turned her focus to needs in the U.K. through the Pregnancy Sickness Support organization, where she is now Scotland Team Leader. Heather is now waging a heroic battle against HG as she expects her second child, due in March 2014.
Caitlin Dean is addressing the needs of HG women in the U.K. with the charity organization Pregnancy Sickness Support. A three-time survivor of HG, Caitlin has devoted countless hours to raising awareness and offering direct support to HG moms. She has partnered with the HER Foundation on volunteer efforts, and was instrumental in forging a “sister charity” partnership with the HER Foundation. Recently Caitlin traveled to the U.S. to meet with HER’s founders, where we discussed how we can partner to make a difference for HG women.
Veronica Sayers came to the HER founders wondering what she could do to help HG women in Australia. She has helped grow the Australian HER Facebook page over the last year, and is spearheading outreach to Australian hospitals and doctors. She’s also at work on an Australian section for the HER website. Veronica’s efforts have already helped so many, and we are grateful for her dedication to Australia’s HG women. Our special thanks to Veronica and all HER Australian volunteers, who have done to much to raise awareness AND funds, achieving $1,500 for the first annual virtual HER5K!
National & International Forum Leaders
HER Forum administrators and moderators are our unsung HERoes of the past 10 years, a staple of the HG community without whom the Foundation’s strong support for HG women would be impossible. Many credit their survival to the HER Forum admins and moderators who helped them get through their pregnancies. These extraordinary volunteers have coined the term “HG sisters,” because they know firsthand that all HG women share an experience and a unique bond that only they can fully understand.
Thank you, admins and moderators! Here are their names, as you know them from the forums:
AND OUR GRATITUDE TO:
Dr. Marlena Fejzo, Dr. Aimee Brecht-Doscher, and the UCLA/USC Research Team.
Dr. Charles Horn, Dr. Michael Fassett, Dr. Thomas Guttuso, and Dr. Lauren Ellitson.
Congressman Xavier Becerra.
Bruce MacGibbon. The Schoenberg family.
The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB).
Our Washington, DC Delegation team and speakers, 5K sponsors, volunteers, and participants.
Beyond Morning Sickness volunteers. Lyle Brooks, Ashli McCall, Dawn Eden.
Dedicated volunteers Heather Birt, Sally Burgess, Kristi Bushard, Mimi Chang, Brooke Davis, Jackie Donadio, Lori Dorsey, Kara Holmes, Holly Kennedy, Bethany Kerr, Melissa Kimiadi, Hilary Lopez, Grace Macion, Amy Maughan, Dawn McFarland, Erin MacPherson, Sarah Martinez, Colleen Murray, Jamie Panelle, Katy Pate, Amanda Peterson, Karina Ponce, Melanie Stackhouse, Paola Suarez, Brynn and Grant Quick.
Visiting Angels Andrea Adams, Leslie Baldwin, Kelly Desch, Bridgett Enright, Catherine Highley, Kasey Holland, Alicia Myhre, Marcee Schultz, Nicole Stewart, Landon Wheeler, and “The Card Squad.”
The Australian HER Volunteer Team, the UK Volunteer Team, Pregnancy Sickness Support Team UK, and our Spanish-speaking volunteers.
Dr. Phil McGraw, The Katie Couric Show, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS This Morning. Journalists who have taken interest in writing about HG and helping raise awareness.
Jodi Leigh, Betty Lovell, Tresa Hardt, Sarah Klein Masterson, Jenn French, Bill Murphy, Jon Hageman.
Amanda Tynes, Mary Anne Borman, Carrie Gernhauser, Linda King.
Meg Best, Barbara Mangini, Corey Henderson, Melinda Hetenyi, Stephanie Feracci, Mercedes Leon, Professor Roy Taylor, Alden R. Taylor, Timothy M. Klo, Research participants and recruiters
And all of our generous donors.