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 Path to a Cure: Winston-Salem Unity Walk

Path to a Cure: Twin Cities Unity Walk

Path to a Cure: Pittsburgh Unity Walk

Path to a Cure: South San Francisco Unity Walk (Actelion)

Path to a Cure: Orange County Unity Walk 

All across the country, the pulmonary hypertension community is joining the effort to see our climbers to Kilimanjaro’s summit and help them realize their goal of raising $100,000 for PH research and patient- and family-serving programs. The list below reflects our volunteer “trailblazers” – and how you can become a part of the growing excitement as Drs. Benza and Frantz, and Jessica Lazar, PA, prepare for departure!

Unity Walks

For complete details about each Unity Walk, please visit PHA’s events calendar

Pittsburgh, Penn. Unity Walk

January 29 at 11:00 a.m.
Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), starting in the Sandusky Entrance waiting room

Hosted by Dr. Benza; Jessica Lazar, PA; the AGH team and the Pittsburgh PH Support Group
Following the Unity Walk, a Q&A session with the climbers and a brown bag lunch will be held.

  • For more information or to RSVP, contact Merle Reeseman, Pittsburgh PH Support Group co-leader, at or 724 458-5573.
  • To make a donation in support of their efforts, contact Merle Reeseman
  • View flier (PDF)


Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Unity Walk – “Blazing Trails for a Cure”

February 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Ramsey County Public Library – Maplewood Branch

Hosted by the Minn. Metro Area PH Support Group
Join the Metro Area community for a 6-minute indoor symbolic walk, with the option to attend a PH support group meeting following the event.

North Central Florida Unity Awareness Event

February 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., to be held in the Atrium

Hosted by North Central Florida PH Support Group
Join the North Central Florida community for an opportunity to raise awareness of PH and our Kilimanjaro climbers’ story.

  • For more information or to RSVP, contact Betty O’Byrne, North Central Fla. PH Support Group leader at
  • To make a donation in support of their efforts, visit their website


San Francisco Bay Area Unity Walk

February 19
Hosted by Actelion Pharmaceuticals
Actelion employees in South San Francisco will walk 1.9 miles in honor of the climbers’ efforts. Other employees across the country will be wearing a commemorative shirt and a pedometer with the goal of walking at least 1.9 miles throughout the day!

Orange County, Calif. Unity Walk

T-shirt design
Walk participants will receive a t-shirt with
this inspiring design!

February 20
Mission Viejo, Calif., at the Mission Hospital Conference Center parking lot

Jointly hosted by the Wojo PH Support Group of Orange County and the Newport Beach PH Support Group.
Join the Orange County PH community to walk or support participants as they walk 1,933 feet in support of our Kilimanjaro climbers, who are climbing 19,334 feet.

Winston-Salem, N.C. Unity Walk

February 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, N.C., starting at the BestHealth location

Hosted by the Piedmont PH Support Group
Join the Piedmont community for an indoor mall walk followed by fun activities.


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preparing for their
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Virtual Unity Walks

PH Professional Network (formerly PH Resource Network) Virtual Unity Walk

The PH Professional Network of allied health providers is holding a virtual unity walk to show solidarity for Jessica Lazar, PA, in her quest to help forge a Path to a Cure. Please visit their website to donate.

Generation Hope Virtual Unity Walk Campaign

PHA’s Generation Hope is a group of PH patients in their late teens, 20s and 30s. This February, members of Generation Hope are hosting virtual walks across the country to raise funding and awareness in support of the Path to a Cure climb. Check out the pages below to learn more about how the next generation of PHers is coming together to help find a cure for PH!

Atlanta Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Brittany Riggins, PH patient in Georgia
Visit their website

Bristol Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Caitlin Downs, sister of a PH patient
Visit their website

Foster City Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Sucheta Keni, PH patient
Visit their website

New Hartford Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Colleen Brunetti, PH patient in Connecticut
Visit their website

Newport Beach Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Lindsay Nicol, PH patient
Visit their website

So-Cal Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Robert Ngo, PH Patient
Visit their website

Southern California Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Sean Wyman, PH patient in California
Visit their website

Tennessee Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Geal Goldbeck, PH Patient
Visit their website

Twin Cities Virtual Unity Walk
Organized by Kellie Tasto, PH Patient
Visit their website

Support Group Activities

Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia - Symbolic Walk

February 20
Martinsburg, WVa., at WVUH-East (City Hospital) in Meeting Room #1
In conjunction with the Eastern Panhandle Support Group meeting

Let’s help our Kilimanjaro climbers reach their goal! Here’s how:

  • Ask your family and friends to sponsor you by donating in your name
  • Arrive fifteen minutes early for the support group meeting
  • Take a leisure stroll down the hallway and back to Meeting Room #1
  • Turn in the donations to be sent to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Any checks should be made out to the PHA, designating ‘WV Unity Walk'

For more information, contact Rena at

View flier

Palmetto PHriends – Club Kilimanjaro

commemorative pin design
Club Kilimanjaro
Commemorative Pin

Through February 28
Hosted by the South Carolina PH Support Groups

“Take a walk on the wild side” and join Club Kilimanjaro by making a donation to the Path to a Cure:

  • Donate online and be sure to indicate you are part of the SC PH Support Groups
  • Send a check to PHA, designating ‘2010 Path to a Cure'
  • Or bring a check payable to PHA to your next South Carolina support group meeting

Those who notify Doug Taylor at 803-808-6879 or by February 28 that they have made a donation will receive a commemorative CLUB KILIMANJARO button! 





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