The Philadelphia-area pulmonary hypertension community raised $30,000 at its first in-person O2breathe walk since the pandemic began.

The Oct. 8 event in Philadelphia’s South Street Headhouse District drew 75 people, including those with PH, family members, friends and health care providers. Participants came from southern New Jersey as well as Philadelphia and Pennsylvania suburbs.

The event began with a celebration of the participants and top fundraising teams and individuals. A DJ played pop music to rally attendees, and PH advocate and performer Stephen Carter-Hicks and Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) board member Colleen Connor shared inspirational messages about their PH journeys before the walk began.

Team Temple Health, the top team, raised more $10,000, followed by Team Penn-CHOP and Team Ada (pictured above).

The top three individual fundraisers were from Team Temple Health: Anjali Vaidya M.D.; Sheila Weaver, M.D.; and Fran Rogers, nurse practitioner and clinical coordinator at Temple University’s pulmonary hypertension/CTEPH program.

O2breathe walks are among the many ways the PH community money raises money to support PHA. The proceeds support our mission to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH.

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