Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the Baltimore Walk for Hope Raise Awareness of Rare Lung Disease

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The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is hosting the Baltimore Walk for Hope at the Baltimore Zoo to help raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension - a rare disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure

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Pulmonary hypertension is a rare, underdiagnosed and often misdiagnosed disease. The Baltimore Walk for Hope is one of many events taking place in November to help raise awareness and funding for research to fight back against this devastating disease.

Who:     The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is hosting the Baltimore Walk for Hope. PHA is the country’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization that works to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension (PH) – a rare and debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. Without treatment, the average survival rate is only 2.8 years.

What:    The Baltimore Walk for Hope – a family-friendly event to raise awareness and funds in the fight against PH. The event will include a 1.1 mile walk around the zoo, speeches from medical professionals and PH patients, Jazzercise instructors before and after the walk, music food and games. Awards will be given to top fundraisers.

When:    
Sunday, November 2, 2014
7:30 a.m.

Where:
The Maryland Zoo
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217

Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m.                 Registration opens
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.         Opening remarks and warm-up
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.        Walk
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.        Post-walk celebration

Registration Fees
Adults:                            $35
Children (3-12yrs)                    $20    
Children (2yrs and under)     Free

Why:    Pulmonary hypertension is a rare, underdiagnosed and often misdiagnosed disease. It causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries and makes it hard for blood to flow through the lungs to pick up oxygen. This can lead to right heart failure. . When diagnosed in time, treatments can be administered to improve quality of life. At this time there is no cure, but we believe through research and awareness a cure for PH is on the horizon.

The Baltimore Walk for Hope is one of many events taking place in November to help raise awareness and funding for research to fight back against this devastating disease. PH Awareness Month is filled with activities that help raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension. PH community members are encouraged to get involved in their local communities by sharing their story, holding awareness month events and participating in national awareness month activities.

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