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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving around the corner Jennifer Moreen and Kari Ulrich have a lot to be Thankful for!
Jennifer Moreen of Minnesota suffered her first heart attack at age 38 due to undiagnosed Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD). After placement of 6 coronary stents at the age of 40 she has devoted her life to helping others. At age 39 Kari was training for a 1/2 marathon when she developed symptoms that led to the diagnosis of FMD. Together Jennifer & Kari Ulrich founded Midwest Women's Vascular Advocates.
Midwest Women’s Vascular Advocates is a group of women diagnosed with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) a non-inflammatory vascular disease. FMD causes artery walls to be malformed, causing extreme damage to organs, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and more.
Founders of MWVA include:
Jennifer Moreen, Jennifer is a FMD patient diagnosed after a major heart dissection that led to a heart attack. She has over 10 years experience in the Non-Profit sector and currently works in Human Resources Management. Her education includes: Loyola University of Chicago and St. Thomas University of Minnesota
Kari Ulrich RN, Kari is a FMD patient diagnosed with widespread FMD and MALS. She was a practicing emergency room nurse. She has served on the FMDSA Board of Directors and currently advocates for a young girl in South Africa with a progressive form of FMD. Her education includes: College of St. Catherine/ SMC School of Nursing of Minnesota

MWVA submitted for a Grant through Pepsi Refresh Everything. Vote daily from November 1st - 30th 2010.
Midwest Women’s Vascular Advocates (MWVA) has applied for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant of $50,000 in the health category,  to help fund three projects. Starting Nov 1- 31 voting can be done at:
The Grant would be used to support the following:
$20,000 to MWVA mission
$ 15,000 for Research Biorepository Mayo Clinic
$ 15,000 for research FMD Registry at the University of Michigan
MWVA mission is to support and educate women affected by Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)  and non-inflammatory vascular diseases.
Non-inflammatory vascular disease can affect anyone, it does not discriminate. Men, women and children are being diagnosed everyday yet the support for women is minimal. MWVA wants to change that.
Please help us make a difference.
For additional information on Midwest Women’s Vascular Advocates please visit  our website at
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