The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) will be hosting the annual Philadelphia O2breathe Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Philadelphia, Pa. The walk allows individuals with pulmonary hypertension (PH), caregivers, friends, family and health care professionals to come together as a community for a fun and meaningful day. The goal of the walk is to raise $65,000 to help fund PHA’s support, research and education programs.
As the walk approaches, teams are signing up to raise money and walk together in support of the PH community. Lee Ann and Chris Scott created a team in honor of their grandson Cayden. Cayden, who is 9 years old, was diagnosed with PH as a young child and now requires 24/7 oxygen and around-the-clock infusion of medication through a sub-Q pump. Lee Ann and Chris share that “anyone who has met Cayden can immediately see his joy of life. He always has a smile on his face and is a happy child even though he goes through so much.”
The Scott Family attended the Philadelphia O2breathe Walk for the first time in 2018, where Cayden met other pediatric PH patients for the first time. Cayden spent his first walk dancing, laughing and smiling with other patients. This year, Lee Ann and Chris decided to create a team in Cayden’s honor in order to raise money and spread awareness about PH. They choose to walk “in hope of a cure for Cayden and all who live with this rare disease.”
“Cayden is very loving, funny, brave, strong, quite the entertainer and definitely a fighter,” the Scotts share. “He is our hero.”
The Scott Family will be joined by local health care providers around the Philadelphia area, including Temple Health, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Jefferson Health and Lankenau Medical Center.
Click here to register and see the Scott Family, along with other patients, families and health care providers at the Philadelphia O2breathe Walk! Those who are not able to attend the event may also register as a virtual walker or donate.