Cross Country Bike Race for Pulmonary Hypertension Backed by PoppyPocket LLC

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PoppyPocket founder and CEO, Julie Hydzu, has just announced her commitment to backing women’s cycling team PHenomenal Hope in an upcoming cross-country race dedicated to raising awareness on pulmonary hypertension and gathering funds for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). It will be the Pittsburgh team’s 3rd time to join a cross-country race that runs through 12 states, spanning 3,000 miles in total. The race’s starting line will be in Oceanside, California, and is planned to end in Annapolis, Maryland.

After years of working in the field of medicine and healthcare, Hydzu came to realize the severity of the incurable condition known as pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is marked by an elevation of blood pressure in lung vasculature that causes difficulty of breathing, fainting, leg edema, and several other debilitating symptoms. Her goal in supporting the race and the team is to increase the public’s awareness on this life-threatening disease, and hopefully spur on the search for a solution.

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Hydzu shared in a recent press release that she has encountered a great number of people struggling with PH and its draining symptoms, which lead to a substantially reduced quality of life and high mortality rates among its patient population. One of her missions in this new fundraising endeavor is to contribute to the PH advocacy and hopefully, one day, develop PoppyPocket technology to help people afflicted with PH cope better.

PoppyPocket was created with Hydzu’s father’s colon cancer in mind, and is a breakthrough means to make attached medical devices, tubes and cords less cumbersome for the patient. Her inventions continue to be highly recommended by physicians all over the country. For more information, visit

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