Special Events Stories and Photos

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association celebrates the uniqueness and success of every special event that takes place in our community. Browse our full listing of special events features by category, read first-hand accounts of local events, view pictures and photo albums, and discover the inspiring reasons behind organizers’ decisions to host their particular event.

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Sporting Events

2012 | 20112010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Golf tournaments, Funwalks and 5K Runs, Climbs


Walking PHor a Cure (Pennsylvania)

Colorado Run for PHun Celebrates Fourth Year (Colorado)

CAPHS 6th Annual Walk & Roll (Ohio)

Santa Barbara Fun Walk for a Cure (California)

5th Annual Swing 4 the Cure: Wojo PH Golf Classic (California)

Shari Caffrey Shares How Taylor's Wish Began (California)

1st Annual Central Florida PHun Walk & 5K (Florida)

Baltimore PH Walk for HOPE 2012 (Maryland)

8th Annual New York Fun Walk (New York)

Bullhead City Six-Minute Marathon (Arizona)

Fresno Six-Minute Marathon (California)

Miles for Mallory (Minnesota)

6th Annual North Texas Fun Walk Q & A (Texas)

N.C. Cure PH Golf Tournament (North Carolina)

4th Annual Scramble for a Cure (Nevada)

2nd Annual Walk 2 Cure PH: The Ellie Godina Memorial Walk (Ohio)

Stride to the Cure PHA 5K Run/Walk for a Cure (Illinois)


Celebrating the New York Fun Walk (New York)

2nd Annual J. Patrick Garcia Breathe Easy (New Mexico)

5th Annual North Texas Fun Walk (Texas)

"Sarah Smiles" Inaugural Fun Walk for PH (New York)

Race Against PH Raises Awareness, Kicks Off Six-Minute Marathon (California)

April/May Events Recap

Inaugural Walk 2 Cure PH: Ellie Godina Memorial Walk (Ohio)

James A. Martin Memorial Walk for PH (JAM for PHA) (California)

Power for PH: PHun Walk for a Cure (New Jersey)

The NC Cure PH Golf Tournament: Behind the Scenes with Cindy Pickles (North Carolina)


Inaugural J. Patrick Garcia Memorial Breathe Easy (New Mexico)

Georgia and New York Fun Walks

Allegheny General Hospital Unity Walk (Pennsylvania)

Orange County Unity Walk (California)

Path to a Cure: Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and Unity Walks (Tanzania, Africa with Solidarity Events across the U.S.)

Race 2 Cure PH - The Taylor Caffrey Memorial 5K Run/Walk (California)

South San Francisco Unity Walk (California)

The Long Battle for Nicky (Mississippi)

Twin Cities Unity Walk (Minnesota)

Winston-Salem Unity Walk (North Carolina)

Baltimore PH Walk for HOPE (Maryland)

Abby’s Road PHun Walk (New Mexico)


9th Annual Vera Moulton Wall Center's Race Against PH (California)

CurePH Texas Legacy Golf Tournament (Texas)

Inaugural Scramble for a Cure Golf Tournament (Nevada)


4th Annual Cure PH Golf Tournament (Arizona)

2nd Annual North Texas PH Fun Walk for a Cure

8th Annual Race Against PH (California)

5th Annual Georgia PH Fun Walk

4th Annual N.Y. Fun Walk for PH

Inaugural Pittsburgh Golf Tournament (Pennsylvania)

Swing 4 the Cure – Wojo PH Golf Classic (California)

Driving Fore a Cure Golf Tournament (California)

Tennessee Fun Walk for PH

Baltimore Fun Walk for PH (Maryland)

5K Run/Walk for PH (North Carolina)

2008 Cure PH Golf Tournament (Texas)


University of California, San Diego Fun Walk for PH

7th Annual Race Against PH (California)

Inaugural North Texas PH Fun Walk for a Cure

3rd Annual N.Y. Fun Walk for PH

4th Annual Georgia Fun Walk for PH

Running for a Cure (Maryland)

Inaugural Swinging for a Cure Golf Tournament (Maine)

Dr. Ray Benza Climbing for a Cure (Wyoming)

Inaugural Minnesota Fun Walk for a Cure

HERC Open Vermont Speed Hiking Competition

5th Annual JFK Golf Tournament (New York)

Kathy Abrehamsen Memorial Golf Tournament (New York)

Sylvia Earley does Dublin Mini-Marathon (Ireland)

2007 Cure PH Golf Tournament (Texas)

Arizona Cure PH Golf Tournament

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2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Dinners and Luncheons, Silent Auctions and Educational Events


Vision of Hope Gala (Maryland)

Rochester PHA Gala (Minnesota)

Fiesta de Amor con Pròposito


A Tribute to Event Organizer Linda Pall (Washington)

PHenomenal Hope for a Cure Luncheon (Nebraska)

Unmask PH: A Masquerade Ball


2nd Annual A Cure for “Five Pennies” (Illinois)

Rochester PHA Gala: Looking Back Over a Decade of Memories (Minnesota)


"Evening in Tuscany" Gala (Colorado)

2nd Annual Spur a Cure for PH (Arizona)

Inaugural A Cure for “Five Pennies” (Illinois)


2nd Annual PHenomenal Hope for a Cure (Nebraska)

Escape to Vegas – A PH Fundraiser (Florida)

5th Biennial California PH Forum

Inaugural Spur a Cure for PH (Arizona)

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Themed Events

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Balloon Releases, House Parties, Concerts, Restaurant Openings and Local Business Partnerships


Thirsting for a Cure (Oregon)

Messages of Hope: An Evening with Psychic Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli (New York)

Cruisin’ for a Cause (Minnesota)

Zumbathon for PH (Connecticut)

Sarah Smiles 2nd Annual PHun-Raiser for Pulmonary Hypertension (New York)

The Woodlands Crawfish Festival (Texas)

6th Annual Spur a Cure for PH (Arizona)


Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale (California)

Spur a Cure for PH (Arizona)

Rolling PHor a Cure Bunco Tournament (Florida)

Ride PHor the Cure Poker Run (Kansas)

"PHA Night" at Coca-Cola Park (Pennsylvania)


The Woodlands Crawfish Festival (Texas)

PHood PHight Against PH (California)

PHood PHight Against PH - Denise Bradby's PH Journey (California)

PHA Wine Tasting and House Party

Serendipity Silent Auction for PHA (South Carolina)

Thanksgiving Disco Fever Concert (New York)

Nickels and Dimes Closer to a Cure (Alabama)

Pulmonary Pints Pubcrawl (Maryland)


Painting a Stroke of PHenomenal Hope (Oklahoma)

PHA Cut-a-Thon (Maine)

Second Annual Cure PH Texas Bug Boil (Texas)


Painting a Stroke of PHenomenal Hope (Oklahoma)

Celebration of Life House Party (Colorado)

East Cobb Concert for a Cure (Georgia)

2008 Cure PH Crawfish Boil (Texas)

Fish Fry (California)


Hope Floats (Alabama)

Bowl PHor Cure (New York)

Connecticut Tag Sale

Connor’s Sammy Sale (Pennsylvania)

Flying for a Cure Kite Festival (Oklahoma)

Minnesota Garage and Bake Sale

Rock-a-Thon (Maryland)

Spicy Pickle Restaurant Opening (Texas)

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