Peter “Pete” Pierce, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, had no idea what pulmonary hypertension (PH) was until 2015.
At the time, Pete was in Colorado and couldn’t take in oxygen. “The doctors at the ER said I had altitude sickness, so I was sent down south to this oxygen rich place called Oklahoma.”
Eighteen months after Pete’s move, he was diagnosed with PH at Integris Baptist Health.
“Fifteen years ago, that would have been a death sentence,” Pete says. Today, he feels well and looks forward to “outliving another disabled placard” for his car.
Since his diagnosis, Pete has participated in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Right Heart Fight 5K and Walk in Oklahoma City. He donates to PHA annually and believes in PHA’s mission to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH.
“So many people are stricken with PH, even in infancy,” Pete says. “We need to find a cure for this disease.”
Supporting PHA is a worthy cause, Pete says.
“I put my money where my mouth is. I work hard to fight this mysterious, often undiagnosed condition. I have full confidence that there will be a cure.”
As a nonprofit organization, PHA relies on donations to provide education, support and research programs for the PH community. Join Pete in supporting PHA by donating today.