BENEFITING: Pulmonary Hypertension Association Inc
EVENT DATE: Oct 02, 2016
As most of you know, I run a lot of marathons - they're a big (some might say disproportionate!) part of what I do with my free time. Not all of my races are newsworthy, but I have one coming up on October 2, 2016 that means a great deal to me. I'm running the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY as a fundraiser for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, in support of my cousin Joshua Heit's wife, Nicole Reid. Less than a year ago, in October 2015, Josh and Nicole were married in a lovely beachfront ceremony in Virginia. A few weeks later, she started experiencing shortness of breath, and was soon diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Never heard of it? I hadn't either, but it's a progressive lung disease which can lead to heart failure. In advanced cases, the only treatment options may be a lung or heart transplant. Serious stuff - not what any newlyweds should have to deal with. Nicole has more spunk in her little finger than most people could ever dream to have, and I'm enormously proud of how strong my cousin Josh has been in supporting her. But Josh and Nicole need more than that: they and others living with PAH need funding for medical research to help make PAH a long-term managed disease, even if a cure is far off in the horizon. Thank you in advance for any contributions! No amount is too small.