Special Events Stories & Photos
North Texas Fun Walk For A Cure
Fundraising Success in Texas
By Rich Vandiver — PHA Support Group Leader in Fort Worth, Texas
The sun came out, burning off a cool and crisp fall morning. With it came the crowd, and by the time it was over, participants raised more than $11,000 dollars to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. The event was the second annual North Texas Fun Walk for a Cure, sponsored by the North Texas PH Support Group.
More than 100 people made their way to Bob Eden Park in Euless, Texas, on November 8. Connie Oliver, support group co-leader, said it’s as much a family gathering as a fundraiser:“It was really good to get everyone together — people we don’t see all the time.” Support group co-leader Sheila Williams echoed Oliver saying, “The turnout was exceptional.”
The event got underway at 9 o’clock with registration. Walkers received goodie bags and then visited vendor displays to add to their trinkets. The one-mile walk followed at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11. It culminated with a raffle, featuring dozens of items, and a drawing. The drawing was just for patients and included blood pressure monitors (cuffs), pulse oximeters, and copies of PHA’s A Patient Survival Guide in both English and Spanish. Vendors donated all of the items for the drawing. “More people than ever before donated raffle items and took part,” said Oliver. “It was excellent!”
In 2007, the final tally for the inaugural walk was just short of $4300. With checks and other donations still coming in, this year’s total stands at $11,165. That’s more than double! Williams said, “I was really surprised by the generosity. I was shocked that we had a couple of donations of a thousand dollars or more.”
Williams said the event takes place in November on purpose:“November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. We need to get the word out … we really need to get more people on our side to help with the research to fight this lifethreatening disease.”
Oliver agreed, “It’s easy to just say ‘PH’ when you’re talking to people when you should be saying ‘Pulmonary Hypertension.’ There are a lot of people out there who don’t know what PH is, including some in the medical community. It’s very important that we share our message.”
Oliver said work is already underway on next year’s walk, “We’re already collecting items for next year’s raffle, and the corporate letters go out in January. We need to make sure we’re involved in the community so they understand what PH is all about.” Williams added, “And we plan to do even better next year!"