Gale Perkins with her three children (from left to right): Destinee, 18, Andre, 3, and Michael, 8, at the Kansas City O2breathe Walk 2019.

When Gale Perkins, of Riverside, Missouri, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) in 1983, she didn’t know where to turn.

At the library, she looked up PH in a reference book. She saw a short paragraph that said, “Pulmonary hypertension would lead to death in three to five years.”

As the internet became increasingly accessible, Gale began to learn more information about her disease. Nearly 10 years after her diagnosis, she discovered the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). She became a part of the PHA Listserv group, which soon became a support network and community she depended on.

Now, Gale raises money through the PHA Kansas City O2breathe Walk. She also supports PHA as a member of the Sustainers Circle, PHA’s monthly giving society.

“I have a personal stake in this,” Gale says. “I am glad to be a part of an organization that has helped prolong my life and is there for new patients who are looking for answers.

Gale continues to support PHA because its mission is important to her.

“I know what the education does for patients like me, and I know what the research will do for the future of PH.”

PHA relies on the support of donations to fund its mission. To join Gale in supporting PHA, click here.