The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) will be hosting the annual Central California O2breathe Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Fresno, Calif. The walk offers an opportunity for patients, caregivers, friends, family and medical professionals to gather together for a common goal: raising funds to help support those affected by pulmonary hypertension (PH) and ultimately find a cure.

Perry Mamigonian, an individual with PH and leader of the PHA Fresno California Support Group, has been helping organize the event since it began in 2012. Perry remembers being “anxious about the turnout from our group” during the inaugural Central California O2breathe Walk in 2012. “We expected 40 people to attend and over 70 participated. It was nice to see patients and families enjoy a fun day together,” says Perry.

“This year, I’m looking forward to expanding the walk and including health care providers,” Perry shares. “It will be a special experience for patients and caregivers to enjoy a fun day with our doctors and nurses who really care for us. Raising awareness and funds is also an empowering experience and creates a spirit of unity and take control of our PH.”

When asked why he has continued to support the walk and raise funds for PHA, Perry shares that “seeing the advances in early diagnosis and treatments over my 10-year journey [with PH] has convinced me that we are winning the battle. We must continue to fight until we find a cure.”

Register here to join Perry and his support group, along with other patients, caregivers, friends and health care providers at the Central California O2breathe Walk! Those who are not able to attend the event may also register as a virtual walker or donate.