Race of Our Lives - Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Meet the team

Team PHenomenal Hope is an all-women cycling team including a PH-treating physician that will compete in the high-endurance cycling event, Race Across America ( RAAM), in June 2014. The Pittsburgh-based team will be racing to raise awareness of PH and funds for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Visit Team PHenomenal Hope's website to learn more about each team member!

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Team Members

Ann-Marie Alderson

Ann-Marie Alderson, Racer

"Helping to raise awareness and raise research funds to find a cure for PH is a very meaningful thing, and I feel blessed to be able to contribute my athletic talents to the team effort."

Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett, Crew Chief

"I joined the team, initially, to help out my good friends. Since then, I've been witness to a whole new community and disease — this is just a small way to help out."

Greta Daniels

Greta Daniels, Crew Chief & Alternate Racer

"I'm inspired by anyone who struggles with a debilitating condition like PH and continues to approach life with a positive attitude and a will to succeed."

Patty George

Patricia George, MD, Racer

"I joined Team PHenomenal Hope to make a difference, to ride my bike for something greater than my own fitness or personal race goals. In my 'day job' I take care of patients with PH, many of whom are pre- or post-transplant, as well as do research in PH, but we all recognize that we need more awareness and more funding to find a cure."

Sarah Harper

Sara Harper, Alternate Racer/Crew Member

"I've learned that PH patients are strong individuals who deal with so much every day. They live their lives to fullest and don't let their condition set their limit."

Ryanne Palermo

Ryanne Palermo, Racer

"The opportunity to ride for others, to represent an entire community of amazing people, to be trusted with such a monumental task it's overwhelming in the best of ways!"

Stacie Truszkowski

Stacie Truszkowski, Racer

"At first [RAAM] meant doing an amazing race as a big milestone in my life with some great friends — now it’s not just about me, it’s about raising awareness for an important cause."

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