Pulmonary Hypertension Association's Team O2 breathe Helps Participants Push Their Limits as They Race to Cure Rare Lung Disease

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Team O2 breathe, the athletic awareness arm of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association is looking for individuals to participate in events and fight back against PH.

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"Team O2 breathe continues to grow . . . Pushing your endurance levels and racing for a cure is a great combination." Geoff Gephart - PHA Midwest Chapter

Team O2 breathe, the athletic awareness arm of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), is looking for individuals to participate in events and fight back against pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH is a rare, debilitating disease of 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.

Team O2 breathe was formed to help people looking for a challenge put their endurance skills to the test. Athletes can participate in events Team O2 breathe has planned for the year or use the “Choose Your Own Event” option. This allows people to participate in any event of their choice – a 5K, swim, marathon or other endurance event – all while raising funds and awareness for PHA.

“Team O2 breathe continues to grow and we are excited for the team events we have planned in 2015,” said Geoff Gephart, PHA Midwest Chapter Executive Director and Team O2 breathe organizer. “Pushing your endurance levels and racing for a cure is a great combination.”

Team O2 breathe events for 2015 include:

March 15, 2015
Los Angeles Marathon (Los Angeles, Calif.)

March 29, 2015
Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle 8k (Chicago, Ill.)

July 26, 2015
The San Francisco Marathon (San Francisco, Calif.)

September 20, 2015
RCP Tiburon Mile Swim Tiburon (San Francisco, Calif.)

October 11, 2015
Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, Ill.)

October 18, 2015
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (Denver, Colo.)

October, TBD
Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

December 5, 2015
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (San Antonio, Texas)

Join one of these events or choose your own event and cross the finish line knowing you have helped raise awareness and funds for PHA. Visit http://www.teamo2breathe.org, call 855-932-7255 x3 or email GeoffGephart(at)PHAssociation(dot)org for more information.

About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., with a growing list of chapters across the country, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the country's leading pulmonary hypertension organization. Its mission is to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension and provide hope for the community through support, education, research, advocacy and awareness. PHA does this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families and medical professionals. Among its programs, PHA facilitates more than 245 support groups around the country and delivers continuing education for medical professionals through PH Online University.

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