Thomasville, NC (October 2, 2015) – Thomasville’s Diane Ramirez, one of the longest-living survivors of a misunderstood and too-often misdiagnosed disease, will embark on a 75-mile, 30-day walk for awareness and a cure.

Twenty-eight years ago, doctors diagnosed Ramirez, now 52, with pulmonary hypertension (PH), high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, an incurable disease that can lead to death from right heart failure. She recalls a doctor telling her she would never have children (women with PH have a high risk of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy) and that she should get her affairs in order. At the time, with no treatments and little hope for survival beyond perhaps a heart and lung transplant, doctors gave her less than two years to live.

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