Raising awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension

12.04.2014

Source: Bradford Times

1297637550737_ORIGINAL.jpgThe 3rd annual 6 Minute Walk for Breath took place at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre, Nov. 20, to raise awareness and funds for research, as well as for the education and advocacy efforts of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada. With your help, we are spreading the word about this rare lung disease, in the hope of reducing the time between the onset of symptoms, and the diagnosis and treatment of PH.

This year, we are pleased to have again partnered with Nick Warman, Manager of Recreation and Client Services, and his Staff, especially Stephanie Uren, Fitness Supervisor, and Marianna Koljubakin, Tri-Club Coach and Personal trainer, who also helped us with our newest awareness and fundraising event, a week-long Swim/Walk-athon. The $20 registration fee and pledges will go to PHA Canada.

Participants logged their laps during the week of Nov. 20-26; the winners were those who completed the most laps. There was fierce competition among the swimmers and walkers. The winning swimmer completed 910 laps (22.27 km) in one week!

In the walking race, there was a tie – with one man and one woman each completing 400 laps.

We could not have achieved this without the encouragement and support of Marianna and Stephanie. Thanks also to Jody Hamilton, of the Lung Association of Ontario, for bringing information on other lung illnesses, such as COPD and Asthma, as well as smoking cessation. November is not only PH Awareness Month, but Lung Month – and the OLA is working hard to have the government of Ontario recognize the need for a Lung Health Action Plan, for the estimated 2.4 million Ontarians living with some form of lung disease.

And thank you to sponsors Peter Dykie Jr. of Bradford Jewellery & Gems, Vicky Top of Krystal Energy, Judith Mercer of Studio 4 Custom Jewellery for donating prizes for the top fundraisers in the Swim/Walkathons; and to Laura Vree of Sweet Handmade, for created the Gold, Silver and Bronze (cookie) medals.

Also, thank you to new Council members-elect Rob Keffer, Peter Ferragine and Gary Baynes for taking time from their busy schedules to attend the 6 Minute Walk, and learn about Pulmonary Hypertension.

Thanks to all who so enthusiastically participated in our events. Together you raised $1,577.50 for the research and education efforts of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada. You have helped us to fulfill our vision of “A Better Life for all Canadians affected by Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Ruth Dolan, Director PHA Canada

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