NASHVILLE, TENN.—Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017—The Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Group, a nonprofit organization of pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients, caregivers, families, medical professionals and volunteers, announces plans to host its 5th Annual RBW PH Awareness Day on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the campus of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.
The full day of events, which includes complimentary health education sessions, a 5K and 6-minute walk, begins at 1pm on the steps of Jubilee Hall and is planned to increase awareness, empowerment, and hope for the pulmonary hypertension community. Additionally, free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, dental education, cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and BMI testing will be available for registered attendees and volunteers.
Organizers have also planned for children participants a face painting station and an on-site literacy cafe where volunteers will read books to children. All registered participants will receive a free gift bag and t-shirt. Donation suggested is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under and no fees for those unable to donate. A full 100 percent of proceeds collected through pledges and registration fees will be designated to advancing PH education.
“The Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day Conference was our way of contributing to the cause of expanding PH awareness initiatives by providing a free day of education, resources, and HOPE for the community,” explained Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, a medical professional and caregiver for her mother, the late Roberta Baines Wheeler who transitioned November 5, 2016. “This will be the first year that Roberta Baines Wheeler was not part of the planning but the committee kept her vision alive remembering that she always taught us that the day isn’t about one person but rather a quiet suffering community seeking a better way of life and coming together to make a difference. Many who have attended the event in the past have not heard of pulmonary hypertension prior to attending the event.
A life-threatening illness currently with no cure, pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, debilitating disease in which high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs can lead to right heart failure. According to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association most PH patients have never heard of pulmonary hypertension until they were diagnosed, and many go months or years before meeting another patient.
“My mother was a nurse and I had been in healthcare for many years however we had not heard of PH until her diagnosis,” Brown continued. “By increasing awareness of PH Support Groups and available resources we can change lives by providing safe spaces where patients, family members and caregivers can share their experiences, learn about PH treatments and how others have adjusted their lifestyles around PH. For more information contact Dr. Katheine Y. Brown 312-623-2433 orRBWPHGroup@gmail.com or via email at www.FightPH.com.