Monday, October 12, 2009

Path to a Cure...

February 19th to 25th.

Those are the days that Drs. Ray Benza (Allegheny Hospital, Pittsburgh) and Bob Frantz (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Their goal: to raise $100,000 for PHA research and patient-serving programs.

Today, with seven staff, we had a run through on ways we'll be able to help.  Jess McKearin reported the web pages are up, as are the donation page and the Unity Walk page.  

Our goal for the Unity Walks is to have 25 walks around the U.S. in support and coordination with Dr. Frantz' and Dr. Benza's climb. Besides helping to meet their fundraising goal, the Unity Walks will raise awareness of PH in communities around the U.S.

It was a pretty exciting get together, as we added more and more ideas.  Soon, word will be out to our entire community - and beyond.  I guess inspiration breeds inspiration...and we are all inspired by what these two doctors are doing to support our common cause.

Some years ago, a doctor told me not to expect much from doctors financially.  He said that his peers saw what they did with their patients every day as their contribution.  It made sense, I guess, but that's not the way it is at PHA...and our community is strengthened by that.

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