When Gale Perkins was first diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension more than 30 years ago, she didn’t know whom to turn to. She struggled to find resources, educational materials, and fellow patients to talk to about PH. It wasn’t until nearly 10 years after her diagnosis that she found PHA. What started as a forum on a Listserv, soon became comprehensive support and a community to depend on.
Gale feels heartened to have seen so many positive outcomes in awareness and management of the disease since she was first diagnosed. “I see the change the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has made,” she says. That is what inspired her to become a member of the Sustainers Circle — PHA’s monthly giving club. “The amount I give is not large, but it is consistent. Coming together as a community and donating consistently can make a difference!”
As a member of the Sustainers Circle, Gale makes a lasting impact and feels happy to give back. “Without the knowledge and doctors connected to PHA, I probably would not have survived,” she says.
In addition to monthly giving, Gale stays active in the PHA community by attending and fundraising for the PHA Kansas City O2breathe Walk in her area. She loves that she can incorporate her family. “It’s important for my children to know what was done for me and help others. Each year, we do this together. We love that it’s become our family’s thing.” she says.
Gale Perkins and her three children at the PHA Kansas City O2breathe Walk in 2019.