Sustainers Circle Donor Story

Amanda DaSilva (right) joined the Sustainers Circle in honor of her sister Melanie Gertcher (left), a PH patient. She wrote about her sister's story in the Winter 2007 issue of Pathlight.

Melanie and Amanda

The Spirit of Giving
by Amanda DaSilva

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, why not look into the Sustainers Circle. The Sustainers Circle is a monthly giving program designed to be quick, convenient, and most of all easy! Just fill out the form and PHA will charge your credit card each month in the amount you specify. That’s all you need to do. If at any time you chose to increase, decrease or cancel your contribution, just contact PHA. It is that simple.

There seemed to be little or no information available when my sister, Melanie, was diagnosed in 1998 with pulmonary hypertension. I remember finding PHA and being so thankful that this resource existed. That was when my personal campaign with advocacy and awareness began. When I learned about the Sustainers Circle, I immediately joined. What better way to contribute every month! And you don’t even have to remember to send that check!

Every small step we take forward is one step closer to finding a cure for this disease. By contributing to PHA, we can help support their ongoing efforts in education, clinical research, awareness and advocacy. PHA has been instrumental in raising awareness not only in the general public but also in the medical community. Their support of ongoing research has been crucial in further developing the tools needed to educate, treat and one day cure pulmonary hypertension.

PHA’s voice is being heard thanks to their hard work, dedication and commitment to finding a cure. By contributing, you are part of that driving force.

I’d like to personally thank all of the PHA members and contributors for their continued generosity and support of this outstanding organization. By working together, we will reach our goal.


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