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2015

Aug. 28, 2015

79-Year-Old “Pacing Parson” on Cross-Country Charity Walk Making Headway from Detroit to Toledo
Ahead of his 80th birthday, Don Stevenson (AKA the Pacing Parson), a Seattle-area (Auburn, Wash.) retired minister and former U.S. Marine, will soon complete his 3,000-mile cross-country walk to raise awareness and money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

Aug. 19, 2015

79-Year-Old “Pacing Parson” Passing through Detroit Three Months into Walk Across America for Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)
Ahead of his 80th birthday, Don Stevenson (AKA the Pacing Parson), a Seattle-area (Auburn, Wash.) retired minister and former U.S. Marine, is walking from his home near Seattle, Wash., to Silver Spring, Md., near Washington, D.C., to raise awareness and money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

July 28, 2015

Special Summer Camp Gives Pulmonary Hypertension Patients Experiences Typically Out of Reach for Kids with their Condition
Every July, since 2007, about 25 pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients experience a summer ritual most kids with the disease only experience through movies and television. They go to summer camp.

July 10, 2015

Medal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha walks with 79-Year-old ‘Pacing Parson’
Medal of Honor Recipient, Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, is meeting up with 79-year-old ‘Pacing Parson’ Don Stevenson in Minot, ND to join his walk to raise awareness and money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Romesha will walk with Stevenson through his hometown of Minot, ND, on Saturday, July 11.

July 1, 2015

79-Year-old ‘Pacing Parson’ Passes 1,000-Mile Mark in Cross-Country Walk for Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Six months ahead of his 80th birthday, Don Stevenson has reached the 1,000 mile mark in his solo cross-country walk to raise awareness and money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Stevenson began the walk in Washington State three weeks ago and expects to arrive at PHA’s headquarters near Washington, D.C. by mid-September.

June 8, 2015

Nine More U.S. Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers Receive New Accreditation; Bringing Total to 26 Centers as Applications Continue to be Reviewed
With its announcement of nine more centers receiving Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) accreditation bringing the total to 26, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is hopeful as it seeks to improve overall care and outcomes for people with pulmonary hypertension (PH).

June 3, 2015

Ahead of 80th Birthday, “Pacing Parson” to Walk Across America for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Six months ahead of his 80th birthday, Don Stevenson (AKA the Pacing Parson), a Seattle-area (Auburn, Wash.) retired minister and former U.S. Marine, will walk across America to raise awareness and money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

May 15, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Support of PH Research Grows to More than $15 Million with Latest Grant Opportunities
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) approaches its 25th Anniversary in 2016 as the nation's leader in funding scientific research investigating ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension (PH). PHA seeks applicants for its first round of 2015 research awards as it marks two decades of PH research support exceeding $15 million.

April 30, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Awards Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards to Community Activists Helping to Raise Awareness of Debilitating Lung Disease
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has awarded 12 committed community activists funding for projects to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension (PH) – a debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure.

April 27, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Marks World PH Day on May 5 with a Worldwide Lifesaving Social Media Blitz
On May 5, people living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and their loved ones will ask their social media friends around the world to join their fight against a life-threatening disease too often dismissed as asthma.

April 13, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Launches New Social Network myPHA
Tool will Help Empower, Support and Celebrate the PH Community
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association has launched a new social network exclusively for its community of pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients. myPHA is designed as a one-stop-shop virtual home for all members of the PH community to gather, interact and get the education resources and community support they need to fight back against PH.

April 9, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Celebrates Donate Life Month
Group Encourages People to Become Organ Donors as it Promotes the Need for Early Diagnosis
Throughout April, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) celebrates Donate Life Month and the importance of organ donation for many people living with pulmonary hypertension (PH).

April 7, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Receives Top Rating for 12th Consecutive Year from Charity Navigator, Nation’s Premier Charity Watchdog
For the 12th consecutive year, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the premier evaluator of charities in the United States. This highest designation indicates that PHA adheres to good governance, sound fiscal management, commitment to accountability and transparency, and other best practices, consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

April 2, 2015

Former U.S. Army Ranger’s Story Will Encourage Americans to ‘Face their PHears' for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)
When he was 10, Carl Hicks fell from a tree and seriously fractured his left wrist. The tumble left him so afraid of heights that he couldn’t stand on a kitchen chair to get a glass from the cupboard. Nearly a decade later, the U.S. Army Ranger School forced Hicks to face his fear head-on.

March 26, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Part of Coalition Supporting the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) fully supports the Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (PATA) that was introduced in the House of Representatives this week by Reps. David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Lois Capps (D-CA). This important bi-partisan legislation will limit cost-sharing requirements for medications placed in a specialty tier and make life-saving medications more accessible by reducing patients’ out-of-pocket expenses.

March 26, 2015

Albuquerque Area Mom Enters Mrs. New Mexico Pageant to Help Fight Pulmonary Hypertension
Los Lunas, N.M., resident Lyndsi Alderete never thought of participating in a pageant. Not until last year, when she attended a pageant and had an idea. Lyndsi’s daughter Eliana has pulmonary hypertension (PH) – a debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right-heart failure.

Feb. 18, 2015

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

Jan. 26, 2015

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Accredits Eleven New PH Care Centers, Including First Pediatric Program
Online Application Now Available
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association has accredited eleven new Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC), bringing the total number of PHCCs to 17, in a program that seeks to improve overall quality of care and ultimately improve outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), specifically pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) – a rare and debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. Without treatment, mean survivability is only 2.8 years.

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