PHA's 2014 Awareness Month Fundraising Contest
Want to promote awareness of pulmonary hypertension and raise funds to support PH research and patient resources? What if you could do all that, and have the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars in Amazon.com gift cards or an all-expense-paid trip to PHA’s 2016 International PH Conference at the same time? If this sounds like something you're interested in, then you’re in the right place!
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic and currently incurable disease that causes the walls of the arteries of the lungs to tighten and stiffen. In someone with PAH, the right side of the heart has to work harder to push blood through narrowed arteries in the lungs. Eventually, the extra stress causes the heart to enlarge and become less flexible, compromising the heart's ability to push blood out of the heart, through the lungs, and into the rest of the body.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is young organization that is changing the history of an illness. From simple beginnings — four women around a kitchen table in Florida in 1990 — PHA has evolved in size and complexity. While we have grown, PHA has stayed true to our roots and the vision and ingenuity of our founders. Today we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving more than 13,000 members and supporters. We continue to work every day to end isolation, provide education, involve our constituents in everything we do, and find a cure for pulmonary hypertension.
PH Awareness Month began in 1997 as simple week-long table-top displays in community hospitals and medical offices. Since then it has grown into a month-long marathon of PH awareness and advocacy advancement. 2014 PH Awareness Month—“Lighting the Way to a Better Tomorrow”—provides a unique opportunity for continued growth to broaden the reach of PHA even further. This year, PHA will be launching a CTEPH Awareness Day as a new part of our Awareness Month activities. PHA is breaking down barriers, turning pulmonary hypertension awareness from rare to everywhere. Through PHA’s media and communications efforts, rather than “PH? What’s that?” public response is moving toward, “Oh, I’ve heard of that!” giving PHA’s effective and influential programming more exposure and opportunity to improve the lives of patients and families—truly exemplifying the theme of this year’s Awareness Month: “Lighting the Way to a Better Tomorrow”. Through your support, PHA can continue to light the way and lead to a future where PH no longer takes our breath away.