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The Year in Media: 50 State Media Challenge Makes Huge Strides

50 State Media Challenge

In 2011, PHers appeared in online publications, local and national newspapers and TV news programs 144 times in 37 states across the country! Many of them were driven by a desire to ensure that their neighbors could put a face to pulmonary hypertension. PH patient Linda McDonald told a reporter at a newspaper in Texas, "I never took a sick day and hardly ever took an aspirin. Then all of the sudden I would have to stop and catch my breath for a good 10 minutes."

Others sought out the media to raise awareness about PH to help those who remain undiagnosed, “I am terrified of sitting in front of a camera and being interviewed, but I am so passionate about PH awareness, and getting the message, out that I am willing to ‘put myself out there’ so others may not have to go as long as I did before finally being diagnosed,” said Patty Kaiser after being filmed for a St Louis segment that aired Nov. 1, 2011.

To read PH news stories from 2011 and learn more about the PHers who inspired them, visit the 50 State Media Challenge Success page. Then, make it your New Year’s resolution to join PHA’s Media Hall of Fame! In 2012, PHA’s Media Hall of Fame will highlight the names and faces of those who receive media coverage throughout the year.

Make your mark on PH awareness by sharing your story. For tips on how to get started, including how to reach out to reporters and what to do during an interview, take a look at PHA’s online media guide or contact Elisabeth Williams, PHA’s Grassroots Campaigns Associate, at PHAware@PHAssociation.org or 301-565-3004 x753.


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