The California Chapter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association will host its Second Annual Long Beach O2 breathe Walk in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. PT at El Dorado Regional Park. The event, dubbed the O2 breathe Walk, is a fundraising campaign that gathers together families, friends and communities to pay respects to pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients lost to the disease.
The O2 breathe Walk promotes a family-friendly environment with a non-competitive 1- to 2-mile walk, and is designed so that all fitness levels can participate. There will be no minimum for fundraising contributions, but participants who raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt and free food during the event.
The event also aims to raise awareness of the significance of continuing research and drug development for treating and eventually curing pulmonary hypertension, as well as providing improved care for pulmonary hypertension patients. PH is a rare and debilitating lung disease where arterial high blood pressure in the lungs damages the healthy functioning of the heart and may lead to heart failure.
If you are interested in attending, the Long Beach O2 breathe Walk will open at 9 a.m. with an opening celebration and registration, and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m. The event will feature music, food, a team photo area, child-friendly areas, a Survivor Lounge and other activities.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the leading pulmonary hypertension organization in the U.S. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the organization’s mission is to contribute to research for treatments and prevention awareness. PHA wishes to bring hope to the community by connecting and collaborating with PH patients, families and medical professionals. PHA relies mainly on donations to fund its programs — which comprise also early diagnosis efforts — within 245-plus support groups throughout the country, and specialized education for medical professionals.