The Southern California Walk was April 9 at El Dorado East Regional Park in Long Beach, California. PHA support group leader and board member Monica Penaranda emceed the event. Monica asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who died from PH since the Southern California’s last gathering in 2019.
Monica Sanchez shared her 18-year PH journey. Monica credited her family, pump and PH research for keeping her going.
“If I could leave anything with you, don’t give up,” said Monica Sanchez. “Keep living. There’s hope. This is an amazing community, an amazing family. And we’re here for you guys because we know what you’re going through.”
About 100 people attended the event, which has raised more than $9,000 of $15,000 in pledges. Shawn Simpson, who lost his partner to PH in March 2021, received the top fundraiser award. The “For the Love of Gma” team won the top fundraising team award.