Media Hall of Fame

Welcome to the PH community’s Media Hall of Fame! Here we’ll highlight the names and faces of those who receive media coverage. Add your name to our growing list of success stories — contact or 301-565-3004 x753.

Boy of Steele

LungsFifteen-year-old Cullen Steele is fighting his way to recovery after receiving a heart and double lung transplant due to PH. Despite a minor rejection to the transplant, Cullen is keeping his spirits up; he takes classes at the hospital and keeps busy with books. Read more about Cullen's journey to recovery


The Mom No One Knew was Sick

Nicole DempseyNicole Dempsey, like many PH patients, did not realize how sick she was when her symptoms started. As a school teacher and mother of two it seemed normal for her to be tired and out of breath. Now that Nicole knows her disease, she is determined to fight it. Nicole emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and awareness for both everyday people and medical professionals. Watch Nicole's interview


Encouraging Others to Donate More than Money

Carla Bussell

During PH Awareness Month, there are many fundraisers, but Carla Bussell used her PH story to encourage people to give something even more precious than funds - life. As Carla waits for new lungs, she encouraged her community to attend the “Be a Hero at the Big House” event where they were able to sign up to be an organ donor, be screened for bone marrow donation and give blood. Hear more of Carla's story


Tireless Advocate Featured on Fox TV

Diane RamirezDiane Ramirez’s commitment to raising PH awareness was the subject of in a feature segment called “Inspired Living” on her local Fox TV station. Watch the Fox TV segment



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