More than 200 people participated in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s Southern California O2breathe Walk. The April 15 event in Long Beach, California, raised more than $17,000, almost double the 2022 total.

PHA board member and support group leader Monica Penaranda kicked off the event. Monica shared that this was her “Silver Jubilee” because she has lived with pulmonary hypertension (PH) for 25 years. Read her story.

Monica also discussed the importance of raising awareness and donations to support PHA’s mission. She urged attendees to become PHA members, donate throughout the year and participate in PHA’s round-up giving program.

Mo’s Silver Jubilee was the top team, raising $3,100. The second highest fundraising team was PHENOMENAL Cayla, followed by Moni’s PHight 2 Breathe.

Monica Sanchez was the top individual donor, raising $1470, with Monica Penaranda following closely with $1,150. Newly diagnosed patient Sarah Currie arrived for her first walk with an in-person donation of $1,100.

The event wrapped up with an award ceremony and drawing featuring more than 40 items including baskets of Pampered Chef, Victoria’s Secret and Mary Kay items, as well as handmade items, gift cards, jewelry. The drawing raised $2,870.

To learn more about PHA events, visit our fundraising events page or send an email. Interested in supporting PHA further? Our spring campaign is running now, and you can donate here.