Donor Stories

Lauren Murawski

Lauren-Murawski (Right) and friend, Colleen ConnorLauren-Murawski (Right) and friend, Colleen Connor

My name is Lauren Murawski (pictured right), and my friend Colleen Connor has PH. I am hard-pressed to remember exactly when I first met Colleen because I feel like I have known her forever. She has that effect on many people because she is one of the most warm-hearted women I know.

Each time I see her, she has learned something new about PH and is happy to share what she has learned with others. She amazes me with her knowledge and understanding of PH to the point that I wonder when she went to medical school! She is determined to find answers, and she is a true example of a fighter. She is going to make a difference for PH — so be ready!

I decided to join PHA’s Sustainers Circle because I have a “Vision of Hope” for my friend and others with PH. When we are teenagers, we feel like we are invincible and that nothing could ever happen to us. I am fortunate to be a healthy adult, and subconsciously, I think I carry that same teenage sentiment with me. But when someone like Colleen gets a diagnosis like PH, I am reminded that I am not invincible and this could happen to me just as easily as it happened to her. No one has a crystal ball. But, I am truly hoping my small contribution can make a difference in the research and understanding of PH. I am proud to let others know that I support PHA.

A small monthly donation could make a huge impact on the research and development of a cure for PH. I think all too often that we don’t realize that every dollar counts. It is very easy to join the Sustainers Circle, and the response from PHA is amazing! I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group fighting for such an important cause! One by One, I truly feel we can make a difference.



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