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Christie Breault Shares Her Story on the Today Show

Christie Breault on the Today ShowChristie and her husband Brad (far right) stand with Christie's friend
Becky (far left), Kathie Lee Gifford (third from right) and others from
the Today Show.
During PH Awareness Month this November, why not raise pulmonary hypertension awareness by taking a cue from Christie and our PHAware Campaigners? Share your story with the media — like Christie, you might be surprised where a simple phone call or email can lead you!

When Becky Walker wrote a letter to the Today Show about her good friend Christie Breault and Christie’s story as a long-term pulmonary hypertension survivor, she had no idea that a few months later, she and Christie would be whisked to New York City to appear live on the show’s “Everyone Has a Story” segment. Christie was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension 15 years ago shortly after she gave birth to her son. In the Today Show segment, Becky says Christie gave up her dream of teaching full-time, but she never lost her spirit. Watch Christie on the Today Show

One week after her segment on the Today Show, Christie reports, “I had 68 new Facebook friend requests/emails regarding PAH and PHA.” Christie plans to continue sharing her story with her community — she’s already pitched her story to her local paper and news stations.

Join Christie in her efforts! Now is the time to start sharing your story and information about PH Awareness Month with local media.

PHA is here to help! Contact Elisabeth Williams, PHA’s Grassroots Campaigns Associate at or 301-565-3004 x753 to learn more about PH Awareness Month or explore our online resources to help you raise awareness.

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