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Run 4 Izzy

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Erin Dewese

THE STORY:

Many of you know the journey my family was on with our little Isabella through her Pulmonary Hypertension diagnosis. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly two years. It feels like yesterday that we were singing to Taylor Swift and giggling about everything and nothing all at the same time. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Izzy and while there will always be a hole in my heart, it does bring peace to know that she is no longer in any pain and she is breathing easy now. For those of you that do now know what Pulmonary Hypertension is, it is a rare, under-diagnosed, and often misdiagnosed disease. The disease causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. This makes it harder for the blood to flow through the lungs to pick up oxygen. This causes potentially life-threatening consequences such as heart failure. When diagnosed in time, treatments can be administered that improve quality of life and may prolong it. At this time there is no cure; however it is believe that with enough research and support, a cure can be found. We are committed that every year we will continue to run this race together to honor Izzy and her story. We will keep running together until a cure has been found. This specific event continues a unique collaboration between adult and pediatric centers. The University of Colorado Denver and Children’s Hospital Colorado are national and world leaders in PH research and patient care. As you may be aware, the University of Colorado at Denver and Children’s Hospital Colorado are located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, where over 1 million square feet of adult and pediatric research space has been completed, creating one of the largest healthcare research complexes in the world. We appreciate your willingness to help us raise money and awareness to fight this disease. On behalf of PH patients, family members, caregivers and friends, we thank you for your participation and support in this annual event.

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