The day before I will compete in the Columbia River Triathlon, (Sprint), my firstborn child, Meaghan, would have turned 38 years old on August 16th, 2019. We lost our Meaghan, (pictured above with me at left), after she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Previously perfectly healthy, she passed right before our eyes after a heroic struggle, which included a heart-lung transplant to try to survive. At 66 years old this will be difficult for me, but nothing, absolutely nothing will compare to what she and all the rest of our patients endure every minute of the day. Something we all take for granted, the ability to breathe.
This race will be in memory of my sweet Meaghan and the lost promise of her life. It will also be in honor of another beautiful young woman who continues to fight PH. She inspires me every day with her determination to defeat PH while living her life to the fullest. Michelle Figueras of southern California, like Meaghan, refuses to be defined by pulmonary hypertension. With an indomitable spirit, she cheerfully faces this dreadful disease every day, while bringing light and inspiration to all whom she comes in contact with. Michelle has agreed to "Let Me Be Her Lungs" during this difficult event as part of Team PHenomenal Hope's tremendous program. She is pictured above with me, at right. See my Let Me Be Your Lungs "proposal" here.
Together, we are doing this to raise awareness and money for the magificent work underway by Team PHenomenal Hope directly supporting our PH patients and their families. Bless you for supporting all of them through Michelle and me.
P.S. For more about Meaghan's journey, visit www.meaghanhicks.com.
P.S.S. Please see www.www.teamphenomenalhope.org for more and help me achieve my life's goal of defeating pulmonary hypertension with a generous donation.