Please support Hap and Patty as we race to make a difference in the lives of pulmonary hypertension patients!
Two US athletes and doctors from Team PHenomenal Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting a rare and incurable lung disease called pulmonary hypertension (PH), are racing the epic mountain bike race, The Pioneer, New Zealand. For six days beginning on December 1, Dr. Hap Farber and Dr. Patty George will race through mountainous terrain and unknown weather conditions to raise funds and awareness for pulmonary hypertension (PH).
The journey around Queenstown and through New Zealand’s Southern Alps covers 433km (269 miles) with 12,540m (41,141 feet) of climbing and promises to be as challenging as it is incredible. We'll be racing as a team, climbing these mountains together, in honor of PH patients, and with our goal to raise funds to find a cure. It'll be challenging, but rewarding, and we hope you'll join us in our race to make a difference in the lives of PH patients.
People living with PAH often don't look sick, but become tired and short of breath with exertion. This makes basic activities like climbing stairs or playing with grandchildren a challenge. Fortunately, in many countries, there are medications that help many patients, but not all patients respond to therapy. When the disease progresses, it leads to heart failure, and some patients require lung transplants to survive. Team PH athletes race for those who can’t in the pulmonary hypertension community to make a difference.
Team PHenomenal Hope is based in Beloit, Wisconsin. As a charity, Team PH seeks to raise awareness of PH, to fund medical research, and to implement programming that focuses on helping patients, including removing patients from isolation, building community, and providing hope.