The Oklahoma City pulmonary hypertension (PH) community raised more than $39,000 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association at the sixth annual Right Heart Fight.

The Oct. 22 event at Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park Union Station attracted people with PH, families, friends and health care professionals. The event included lunch, dessert bar, yard games and a silent auction. The event ended with a symbolic walk around the park to remember deceased members of the community and look forward toward the future.

The event featured a celebration where patients Tara Staller and Tracy Purser shared their PH journeys. John Kingrey, M.D., director of the Integris PH center, shared a message of hope and an inspirational call to action to raise $100,000 and bring back the walk in 2023.

The top fundraising team, Baptist Pulmonary Team, led by Alyssa Swafford, raised more than $1,700. The second and third top fundraising teams were Kelsi’s Community Group Team and Team Come On Eileen.

The top three individual fundraisers were patient Brenda Schwarz, Katie DuCharme Wallace (member of the Baptist Pulmonary Team) and Brooke Burks in memory of Shari McClendon.

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

Our next community fundraisers are in California. Observe PH Awareness Month by joining our Fresno or Monrovia events.

Interested in hosting or attending a fundraiser in your area? We want to hear from you.

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