What is RBW PH Awareness Day?
The Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day is a FREE day of Awareness, Empowerment, and Hope. Our Goal is to increase participation in Pulmonary Hypertension support groups. The Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day focuses on three words: Awareness Empowerment Hope WHY? TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Let’s Talk Facts:
PULMONARY HYPERTENSION = a type of high blood pressure.
AFFECTS arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart. BEGINS when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. THE RESULT: making it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs’ arteries. WHY? As the pressure builds, your heart’s lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail. IT’S A SERIOUS ILLNESS: becomes progressively worse and is sometimes fatal. NO CURE. But HOPE: treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.
That’s what the Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day is all about. You have to know what an illness is, then increase awareness about it.
Fight back against Pulmonary Hypertension
Imagine being told you have “two years to live” followed by “see you in six months for your next appointment”. This is the unfortunate reality for many PH patients. Please help us by supporting this event. We have to connect the dots and bring our PH community together. Whether you are a PH patient, PH support group member, PH caregiver, healthcare professional, community member, someone who wants to learn more about PH, or if you enjoy walking for a great cause? If you answered yes, to any of the above please click the link above to register.
What the Day Holds
Join us for a day of awareness, empowerment, and hope for the pulmonary hypertension community on the beautiful Vanderbilt University Wellness & Recreation Center campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
All participants receive a free gift bag and t-shirt as they begin their journey through health education, a 5K, and 6 minute walk. Education sessions planned include blood pressure checks, cardiology genetic counseling, vision screenings, dental screenings, cardio pulmonary resuscitation training, nutrition screenings, BMI testing, auditory screening, Face painting for children and a literacy cafe where volunteers will read books to the children onsite.
100% of proceeds will be designated to PH education
We Need You!
If you have a heart for service and a passion for the Pulmonary Hypertension community, we want to hear from you! Your financial support gives us the greatest flexibility to plan a dynamic experience for the participants. Contact event organizer, Dr. Katherine Y. Brown at 312-623-2433 or at RBWPHawarenessday@yahoo.com.