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Track Team PHenomenal Hope on the Race Across America

Team PHenomenal Hope in front of the RVTeam PHenomenal Hope finished the 3,020 mile Race Across America (RAAM) in honor of the PH community in just 7 days, 7 hours, 15 minutes - a day earlier than expected!

The racers -- Ann-Marie Alderson, Dr. Patricia George, Ryanne Palermo and Stacie Truszkowski -- trained for two years. They were supported by a crew who drove alongside the racers in their RV (pictured right), where the racers rested when it wasn't their turn.

The crew posted updates, and you can follow the team's progress on their Facebook, Twitter and blog feeds below. You can also track when they hit their checkpoints on the RAAM website.

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3,000 Miles Later…The RAAMftermath

Put it in the books — part one of the Team PHenomenal Hope mission was successfully completed when UPMC pulmonologist Dr. Patty George and her teammates Anne-Marie, Stacie, and Ryanne crossed the finish line in Annapolis, MD, on Saturday, June 21 – only 7 days, 7 hours, and 15 minutes after they began the Race […]


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Monday, July 07, 2014 8:43:02 AM

RAAM 2014 – Was it all a dream?

I wake up. No idea what town or state I’m in. The bed is not moving, which means I have somewhere between 30 minutes and maybe 2 hours before I ride. That’s my only job, to get ready and ride my bike. I open my eyes. I’m in a soft bed, not an RV. It was a […]


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Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:20:35 AM

Letters, Part 5: To My Teammates

It was fall of 2011 and I was dressed like a rugby player at a bachelorette party and a little tipsy on cranberry and vodka if we must be honest, and I must. I saw Patty and Stacie looking over at me. They had a little bit of a wild look in their eyes, but […]


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Monday, June 23, 2014 12:15:55 AM

Letters, Part 4: To Our Supporters

Earlier today I was sitting in the Pittsburgh international Airport, cappuccino in one hand, an envelope stuffed with letters from my husband sitting on my lap. The envelope had a prolific statement: Time is not the great teacher, experience is. A man may live a full life, but if he never leaves his home to experience […]


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Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:24:55 AM

Letters, Part 3: To the PHA Community

I’ve been to plenty of conferences. Massive conferences held in giant convention centers, filled with a generous mix of pretentious and humble scientists, eager and bored graduate students, extravagant and despondent vendors. When Patty asked if we wanted to go to the 2012 International PHA Conference in Florida, I wondered how it would compare. It […]


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:10:36 AM

Letters, Part 2: To Our Sponsors

The ladies of Team PHenomenal Hope aren’t elite athletes. Not that we haven’t experienced some glory on the bike, we all have had the taste of some local hero type stuff. But, let’s be real, now, we aren’t considered A-listers in the racing scene, nor would we produce a blip on the national radar. Maybe […]


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Monday, June 09, 2014 8:33:43 PM

Logistics! A huge thank you to our RAAM friends

How do you even start to prepare for RAAM? Like anyone, you start looking at the website.  Then you start looking over the resources the RAAM website has provided you.  You read and reread the rules, the route book, and the GEAR book.  And then you FREAK OUT!  Literally, you break out in sweats thinking about how to start or even […]


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Monday, June 09, 2014 1:02:59 PM

Letters, Part 1: To the Crew

I reached a critical point. Hit my threshold. It had nothing to do with physical exertion, and everything to do with gratitude. This feeling started to overwhelm me while I was sitting in a room at Six Penn Kitchen. The room was filled with people—excited people. Only four women in the room were about to […]


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Sunday, June 08, 2014 3:41:07 PM

Update from the RV Galley 6/7/2014

Thursday night found Team Phenomenal Hope and crew at Six Penn Kitchen in Pittsburgh for a terrific send-off dinner hosted by Eat’n Park. The energy in that room was palpable—Kate’s organizational wizardry; the team’s endurance training for the past 2 years, ramping it up the past 6 months in particular; the energy of corporate and […]


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Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:31:01 PM

PHA Press Release – June 6, 2014

  For Immediate Release Contact:  Renée W. Hockaday PHA Communications ReneeH@PHAssociation.org 240-485-0774 ph. Pulmonary Hypertension Association Supports Team PHenomenal Hope as it Prepares to Race Across America and Bring Awareness to Rare Lung Disease   Silver Spring, Md. (June 4, 2014) – Team PHenomenal Hope, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based cycling team consisting of a lung-transplant physician […]


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Wednesday, June 04, 2014 7:17:00 PM

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