Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baltimore Walk for Hope Patient Speaker Fights PH Through Fundraising

This Sunday, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s 2013 Baltimore Walk for Hope will unite pulmonary hypertension patients and caregivers, medical leaders and members of the greater Baltimore community in the fight against this life-changing disease. The Walk’s patient speaker, Regina O’Neal of Baltimore, Md., advocates events like the Baltimore Walk for Hope not only as a stellar opportunity to raise money for PHA research and programming, but also as an ideal means of building camaraderie.

Regina was diagnosed with PH in January 2006 after enduring sarcoidosis for 14 years. Though developing secondary PH has forced Regina to take three oral PH medications, go on oxygen and altogether revise her daily routines, she refuses to allow PH to alter her positive outlook on life.

“Even though we have this disease, we’re not done,” Regina says.

Regina strives to instill this message in fellow PH patients through her involvement in various grassroots PHA fundraisers. She acted as the patient speaker at the Vision of Hope Gala in 2011 and 2012 and also attended the Baltimore Walk for Hope (previously the Baltimore PH Walk for Hope) in 2009 and 2012.

“The walks are awesome. You get great camaraderie. You get to meet other patients and hear their stories,” she says.

This year’s Walk, scheduled to be held this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rash Field and the Inner Harbor Promenade, will start with a Zumba warm-up, followed by speaking programs and the Six-Minute Marathon. After the 1.62-mile walk, participants will receive a free lunch (courtesy of Potbelly Sandwich Shop) and get the opportunity to win raffle prizes (including a baseball signed by Jim Johnson and a Maryland wine basket).

Online registration for the Walk is now closed, but on-site registration will be available for $35. Registration opens at 8 a.m. We look forward to seeing you bright and early! Get details

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