Meet Rita Orth.

For the past 20 years, Rita has lived with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Along the way, she has sought opportunities to learn how to navigate the challenges of the disease and to find a community with which she could connect.

She found both at PHA on the Road.

PHA on the Road is a free event for patients and families that comes to The Westin San Francisco Airport hotel on Saturday, Aug.10. It brings awareness about PH directly to the area community through interactive sessions presented by local medical experts as well as sessions led by local area support group leaders.

Rita has been to three PHA on the Road events in California. PHA on the Road – San Francisco will be her fourth.

At PHA on the Road, I always learn something new,” Rita says. “It is a chance to learn from local PH experts and a way for people to harness hope. People should bring their questions for the experts. It is a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about their disease.”

She also says it helps people to find a community and, as she puts it, you discover you are a part of a “PHamily.”

“The main benefit of going to one of these events is that it gives you a sense of community. You leave them full of optimism. You gain strength from the people who are dealing with the same issues as you are. You get a better perspective and understanding. The enthusiasm is infectious when you are there,” she says.

Those in the San Francisco area can meet Rita and hundreds of others from the PH community at PHA on the Road – San Francisco. Online registration is open through Aug. 7. Go to or call 301-565-3004 ext. 803.  You will also enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, child care for kids 3-16 (no diapers please) and self-parking. 

PHA on the Road travels to Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday, October 12. Please visit for details.