This November, many pulmonary hypertension (PH) community members around the country will gather not only to raise awareness, but also to raise funds to help support the mission of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Your support at one of these inspiring events will help PHA save lives.
If there is not an event near you this November, sign up for PHA’s virtual Awareness Month event. Learn more and create your virtual fundraising page on the PHA website.
November Fundraising Events
O2 breathe™ Events
O2 breathe™ (pronounced oh-to-breathe) events are part of a national series of events sponsored by Actelion, Gilead, Bayer, United Therapeutics and CVS Specialty.
November 3: Monrovia O2 breathe PHun Walk and Run, Monrovia, Calif.
Joannie Gholar Yullie started the Monrovia PHun Walk and Run to spread PH awareness in her community. After she passed away from PH, her sister, Barbara Gholar, took the lead to organize the walk to honor Joannie and raise awareness about the rare disease. The walk has activities for the whole family, including a raffle, silent auction, health fair and Kids PHun Zone. To join Barbara and her family at the fifth annual Monrovia O2 breatheTM PHun Walk and Run, register online at www.O2breathe.org/Monrovia. If you are unable to attend, you can donate to the event on the website.
November 3: Kansas City O2 breatheTM Fun Run and Walk, Parkville, Mo.
The greater Kansas City PH community has been connecting annually at the Kansas City O2 breatheTM Fun Run and Walk at English Landing Park in Parkville, Mo. The venue provides an ideal location for those interested in a 5K run or walk. To form a team or register as an individual participant, or to raise money through email or Facebook, visit the event website at www.O2breathe.org/KC.
November 3: Mission for a Cure 5K PHun Run and Walk, Mission, Texas
The sixth annual Mission for a Cure 5K PHun Run and Walk, organized by Margie Rodriguez, FNP-C, the Pulmonary & Sleep Center of the Valley, features an official-timed 5K run and a fun walk that gets started with a Zumba warm-up. To register for the event, visit www.O2breathe.org/Mission.
November 4: PHight for Life, Rochester, N.Y.
Tom and Jennifer Garigen started PHight for Life after their son, Tyler, was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), to bring the PH community together. The event provides a day of fun with kid-friendly activities, a silent auction, BBQ lunch and a panel of people with PH talking about their experiences. Bring your friends and family together to spread awareness and raise funds for a cure. Join the Garigen family for the fourth annual PHight for Life; register online at www.O2Breathe.org/PHight4Life.
November 10: Zebra PHest 5K and Walk, Coppell, Texas
Zebra PHest is celebrating its twelfth year in 2018! This large community event features an official timed 5K run, a fun walk, kids activities and special features for people with PH. Kids activities include a bounce house, arts and crafts and a special kids dash. To learn more or to register, visit www.O2breathe.org/ZebraPHest.
November 2: Zumbathon Fundraiser, Bay Shore, N.Y.
Join Wendy Mercado, adult with PH and Zumba instructor, for this fun event 6-8 p.m. EDT, at Bay Shore Middle School, 393 Brook Ave., Bay Shore, N.Y. Registration is $15 and can be paid at the door. There also will be raffles as part of the event! Email Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
November 2: Driving Fore a Cure for PH, Clayton, N.C.
Jayna and Matt Wall organize Driving Fore a Cure for PH each year in honor of their son, Jackson, a child with PH. This year marks the event’s sixth year. The day includes a golf tournament, dinner and silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more about Jackson’s journey or to register for Driving Fore a Cure for PH, go to www.drivingforeacureforph.com.
November 4: Michigan PH Support Group Luncheon, Novi, Mich.
The seventeenth annual Awareness Luncheon and Conference, to be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, is a statewide event that enables people with PH and caregivers in Michigan to join together to share information and learn from guest speakers. There also is a raffle, with proceeds raised donated to PHA. For more information or to register, contact Bev Lipmyer at (734) 622-8433 or email@example.com.
November 10: RunJonahRun, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sheri and Rich Guider lost their son, Jonah, to PH. They have dedicated themselves to raising awareness in their community and supporting the mission of PHA in memory of Jonah. This annual event features an official timed 5K run and walk. The route takes participants alongside a memorial garden created for Jonah at Blackman Elementary School. To learn more about Jonah or to register for RunJonahRun, visit www.runjonahrun.org.
November 10: South Florida Fun Walk, Pompano Beach, Fla.
The South Florida PH Support Groups host the South Florida Fun Walk annually in memory of Al Abram. This is the eleventh year for the event. For more information about how to participate and raise awareness about PH, contact Pat Hellyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.