Cycling events benefit pulmonary hypertension awareness, research
Patricia George, a faculty member in the Department of Medicine who works with lung transplant patients and others, and three friends have formed a cycling team that will ride coast to coast in the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2014 to raise donations for and awareness of pulmonary hypertension.
Also on Team PHenomenal Hope are Stacie Truszkowski, who works in pulmonology at UPMC, Anne-Marie Alderson and Ryanne Palermo.
But the team isn’t waiting for 2014 to begin their educational and fundraising efforts.
With November designated as pulmonary hypertension awareness month, the team is holding two events:
1. A 60-minute webcast of a pulmonary rehabilitation workout that would benefit anyone who wants to exercise and improve his/her quality of life. The Nov. 10 event at Cycling Fusion in Oakmont is free. Sign up at http://teamphenomenalhope.org/.
2. A charity Spinning PHor a Cure Event on Nov. 20 where cycling enthusiasts and exercise mavens can participate — on-site at Cycling Fusion or via a webcast — in the Dirty Dozen, a stationary-bike ride simulating the 13 most brutal hills of Pittsburgh.