|Anne-Marie Alderson (left) and Dr. Patricia "Patty" George|
Over the last few years, Team PHenomenal Hope has played a major role in raising funds and awareness for pulmonary hypertension – and the ultra-endurance team shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. If team members aren’t racing, they’re training and preparing for the next race while also heavily promoting the PH cause.
Just this past week, Dr. George, a pulmonologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), took her bike across the Atlantic and competed in the Paris-Brest-Paris bike race - a 764-mile roundtrip course from Paris, France, to Brest, France, and then back to Paris.
When Team PH formed several years ago, they were partly inspired by Dr. Robert Frantz; Jessica Lazar, PA; and Dr. Raymond Benza and the trio's 2010 trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness of PH. Team PH decided to do similar awareness and fund raising when they took on the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2014. RAAM, which is a 3,000-mile bike race from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., is longer than the Tour De France and considered to be one of the toughest bike races in the world. Dr. George and Alderson, along with their two teammates Ryanne “Ryo” Palermo and Stacie Truszkowski, two back-up racers, and countless crew members, succeeded in completing the race in seven days, seven hours and 15 minutes.
Once the momentum began, Team PH could not stop with just one race. They have grown into a team of both men and women competing in endurance events across the country and around the world. This past June, Dr. George and Alderson took on the Race Across the West. This shorter, but still very challenging race, took the two from Oceanside, Calif., to Durango, Colo.
Dr. George and Alderson will share these experiences at the opening dinner for the PHPN Symposium in September. If you are a healthcare professional, be sure to register for this event now. If you are a patient or family member, please encourage the healthcare professional in your life to register. Online registration closes on Friday, Sept. 4. Learn more about Team PH at www.TeamPHenomenalHope.org.