My name is Josh and I have Pulmonary Hypertension. The purpose of my journey is to raise awareness of, and funds for, this incurable, often fatal disease.
In an act of solidarity with Team Phenomenal Hope (see below), I have committed myself to biking 3000 miles between now (9/2013) and next June. My goal is to raise awareness of, and funds for, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
I am inviting you to join with me as I take a stand against PH and all that it has done to me and the greater community. Consider donating:
* $.01 per mile (total: $30)
* $.02 per mile (total: $60)
* $.05 per mile (total: $150)
* $.10 per mile (total: $300)
* $.25 per mile (total: $750)
* $1 per mile (total: $3000) or
* Make a flat donation
For more information and frequent updates, visit and like my Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/UnityMileEvent
Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart.
Pulmonary hypertension begins when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs' arteries. 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.
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse. Although pulmonary hypertension isn't curable, treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Team PHenomenal Hope, an all-women cycling team featuring a PH-treating physician, will compete in a high-endurance cycling event, Race Across America (RAAM) in June 2014. The team will be racing to raise awareness of PH and funds to support the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and research to find a cure.
The RAAM course will put the team through an intense, non-stop physical challenge across 9 days; 3,000 miles; and 170,000 vertical feet of elevation. This physical challenge mirrors the life experiences of PH patients and families as they cope with the impact of PH in their lives.