Race of Our Lives - Pulmonary Hypertension Association

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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RAAMftermath PHilm Fest and Memories from the Summer

It’s Sunday night, people are walking into the Melwood Screening room, and I feel like there are so many people to greet and hug before the film starts. The place is filled with our families, friends, sponsors and supporters, and special guest President Rino Aldrighetti from PHA. There is even a Livestream link thanks to […]


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:15:46 PM

The RAAMftermath – The Event, The Film, The Cause

They laughed. They clapped. It was the feel-good Team PHenomenal Hope movie of the year. On August 17, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, inside a Melwood Screening Room normally reserved for art films or house-made movies by the education-based Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a crowd of 120 gathered to see two years, four women, 3,000 miles […]


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:59:58 PM

Announcing a Special BikeFest Event on August 17

Ever wonder what it would take to ride your bike coast to coast — without stopping? Or what would possess anyone to ever attempt such a feat? Find out the answer to these questions and more at the Pittsburgh premier of   RAAMftermath A Documentary Featuring the Incredible Journey of Team PHenomenal Hope in the 2014 […]


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Friday, August 01, 2014 10:43:12 PM

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

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