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THE PULMONARY HYPERTENSION ASSOCIATION

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Donations as of April 21, 2014:

$883.00 Raised Offline
$8,543.23 Raised Online
$9,426.23 Total Raised

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association

July 2012

It was 8 years ago this month that I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a rare lung disease. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure. Symptoms of PH include: shortness of breath with minimal exertion, chest pain, unusual fatigue, dry cough, edema, dizzy spells & fainting. PH has no cure, however, research for new treatments is ongoing. For the past 8 years, I've had a small pump attached to my stomach area that continuously pumps medicine into my body 24/7. Although this medicine and pump can be painful and annoying at times, I'm very thankful that it has made me feel better and it has allowed me to go on with my life. At the time of my diagnosis, I was passing out doing very simple things, like walking & taking a shower. I was told I had a 50% chance of surviving 5 years so I feel very blessed that I'm still here and able to continue to raise awareness for PH.


The Cleveland Area PH Support Group is having their 6th Annual Fun Walk for a Cure and Awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension on Saturday, August 4th. I will be attending this event and once again I will be fundraising for a cure. Many of you have donated before to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association through my fundraising page & I appreciate every penny! Every donation goes towards researching a cure for this life threatening disease. I have PHenomenal hope that a cure will be found one day.


This site is simple & safe & any denomination is a huge gift to anyone suffering from PH. I would greatly appreciate your donation, your thoughts & your prayers in finding a cure for pulmonary hypertension. Please help my phriends & I breathe easier.

 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and lungs!),

 

Maria

 

PHA Mission: Our mission is to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community through support, education, advocacy and awareness.

To learn more about PH & the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, please visit http://www.phassociation.org

 

 

11/1/11

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month!  Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a rare, incuarable & life threatening lung disease in which the blood pressure in the arteries in the lungs elevates, putting pressure on the heart and reducing the amount of oxygen that is able to reach the tissues of the body.  I had never heard of PH before being diagnosed, but if I had, maybe I would have been spared some of the very scary life threatening moments I have had.

To help celebrate Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, I'm giving away a $200 gift card to Best Buy!  Anyone that donates $10 or more to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association through my Firstgiving page during the month of November will be eligible for the gift card.  The winner will be chosen on December 1, 2011.  The Pulmonary Hypertension Association seeks to increase public awareness, support research, and educate doctors and patients.  To learn more about PH visit www.phassociation.org or just ask me!

Thank you & Good Luck!

Maria Martuccio

9/6/11

It's that time of year again...the CAPHS 5th Annual Walk & Roll is this Saturday & I will be attending again.  The generosity of so many people that have helped me raise over $10,000 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association means so much to me.  The donations go towards researching a cure for this terrible, life threatening disease.  I would greatly appreciate your donation and also your prayers in finding a cure for pulmonary hypertension. 

To learn more about PH & the PHA, please visit http://www.phassociation.org.  You just might save a life if you are aware of the symptoms of PH!

Thanks again from the bottom of my heart (and lungs)!

God Bless,

Maria

PHA Mission: Our mission is to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community through support, education, advocacy and awareness.

 

 


4/25/11

Race for a Cure

Ciao PHriends! Maria's baby sister, Lucia, here writing to tell you about something I am doing to help raise awareness & raise funds to assist in finding a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). PH is increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries. These arteries carry blood from your heart to your lungs to pick up oxygen. PH causes symptoms such as shortness of breath during routine activity (for example, climbing a flight of stairs), tiredness, chest pain, and a racing heartbeat. As the disease worsens, its symptoms may limit all physical activity. Today, there is no cure for PH.

On July 15, 2004, Maria (that LIL SOB!) was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension & was given a 5 year life expectancy. Her entire life has changed since this day, but her attitude remains the same. She is still full of life, love & happiness & shares it with everyone around her. She never complains, ever, & I have seen her struggle with the simplest of tasks we all take for granted.

On May 15, 2011, I will be doing something I never thought I'd do- I am taking part in the Dick's Sporting Goods (Half) Marathon in Pittsburgh. Those who know me, know running was never anything I've ever enjoyed. Let's face it, I hate it! But when the opportunity came to join in the race, I decided to do this to raise awareness for PH in an effort to find a cure for Maria & her PHriends.

Some of you have already been so generous & are familiar with Maria's firstgiving page. As you can see, she's raised over $8,000 in donations to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association!! A world of thanks to you! Because of you, we are steps closer to finding a cure!!

We've had so much success in the past that I would like to continue to fundraise for a cure. This site is simple & safe & any denomination is a huge gift to anyone suffering from PH. We would appreciate your donation, your thoughts & your prayers in finding a cure for this life threatening disease.


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts (& lungs!),

Lucia


PHA Mission:  Our mission is to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community through support, education, advocacy and awareness.

To learn more about PH & the PHA, please visit http://www.phassociation.org

Supporters

Comment Donation
Maria Martuccio In memory of our PHancy & PHabulous Grandma. We love you!
$500.00
Nicole Ranttila In loving memory of your grandmother and in celebration of the love you and your siblings shared with her.
$25.00
Lucia Flappy Birday! NEW BEST 38
$38.00
Sam & Caroline Martuccio & Family In memory of our cousin & Maria's Godfather, Damiano Zeolla.
$500.00
Lucia Martuccio You've been elPH'd! Merry Christmas!
$25.00
Uncle John
$50.00
Leo Family Our prayers and hope for a cure!
$100.00
Lucia Martuccio ThankPHul for you. HopePHul for a cure. Let's PHuck PH.
$100.00
Lynn Pomponio and family
$25.00
Nicole Ranttila Happy Make a Difference Day to someone who truly makes a difference and inspires so many people.
$25.00
Anna Popovich Praying for a cure!
$401.00
Anonymous May God Bless you always!
$20.00
Uncle John & Aunt Sara
$100.00
Maria Martuccio Praying for a cure! We love you!
$25.00
Cheryll Gordon Praying for a cure!
$20.00
Nick & Karen D'Eramo Maria, you're an inspiration to us all. Keep fighting!
$100.00
Cheryl Williams God's Blessings, prayers continuing everyday!
$25.00
Adam, Stefanie & Jack Hanley Praying for a cure! Thinking of you always.
$25.00
Chad and Chrissy Brown Much love Maria! Celebrating everyone of your 37 years! You are a true inspiration!
$37.00
The Leo family Praying for a cure!!
$100.00
Grandma Maria, my movie star! I love-a you very, very much.
$100.00
Mom & Dad We are so proud to have you as a daughter. Prayers and hope a cure is found soon. We love you, our PHabulous Maria!
$100.00
Lucia Martuccio
$100.00
Jill Jacobs Steele Praying they find a cure soon! God bless!
$25.00
Susan Burns Supporting a good cause and a great person - god bless!
$25.00
Maria Martuccio Still PHighting...9 years later! Still have PHenomenal hope for a cure!!
$100.00
Joette & Mia Martuccio We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sail. Keep up the Phight!! We love you!!
$100.00
Happy 33rd Birthday LuCheetah! God bless you, Maria!
$33.00
To LM from CB & CB Happy 29th Birthday, Super LuCheetah!
$33.00
Wade & Amy Robinson Happy Birthday Lucia! We love Maria and pray for a cure!
$30.00
Sharla Ranttila Plus 100 shiny pennies in addition to my other donation, to celebrate the life of your Grandma. I'm sure she's looking over you all!!!
$1.00
Sharla Ranttila Happy belated Bday Maria, &Happy Bday 2 Lu, 1 of your biggest supporters! Also, I've been meaning to donate in Shiloh's memory. R.I.P.
$50.00
Sharon Simmons Happy Birthday to Luchia!
$33.00
Kim Caputo James Happy Birthday Maria!! Hope you have a wonderful day!
$75.00
Melissa Lasher Thanks again for allowing us to invade your home for a book party! It was so much fun! Happy early birthday too!
$25.00
Joette Martuccio In memory of Shiloh. May you rest in peace and always be Maria's guardian angel.
$50.00
Maria Martuccio In loving memory of my special phriend, Shiloh
$100.00
Maria Martuccio GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS! WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!
$105.00
Dad My cookie jar promise
$100.00
John Martuccio Janet and I love you very much. Instead of wedding favors, we wanted to donate extra to your cause. Who wants candy almonds anyway!
$583.00
Alexis Migliozzi Alexis's lemonade stand
$10.00
Allison Meyer We love you ZiZi Mer!
$20.00
nicole fike Prayers for a cure. Keep fighting!!!
$50.00
Maria Martuccio chocolate chip cookie sale...raising money for a cure!
$50.00
May God bless you with a cure!!
$25.00
Anne and Courtney Lymber
$50.00
The Lasher Family 8 years x 4 Lasher's= $32 donation towards a cure that would be priceless! We love you, Maria!!
$32.00
CarmelLina Leo
$100.00
Joette and Mia Martuccio You are my inspiration!! Stay strong and keep fighting! We love you!
$100.00
Sharon Simmons Keep strong Maria!
$25.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$883
Raised Online
$8,543
Total Raised
$9,426
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