Climbing the Path to a Cure


Climbing the Path to a Cure

Training buddies Dr. Robert Frantz (Mayo Clinic), Jessica Lazar, PA (Allegheny General Hospital)

Climbing the Path to a Cure

Thanks to your support and the Actelion Path to a Cure Matching Fund, our climbers surpassed their goal on the eve of their departure for Africa!

As you read this, two PH specialists and Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)  Scientific Leadership Council members, Dr. Ray Benza (Allegheny General Hospital) and Dr. Robert Frantz (Mayo Clinic), along with Jessica Lazar, PA (Allegheny General Hospital), are tackling the ultimate challenge together - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, reaching its summit on February 26, 2010! Their goal? To find a path to a cure by raising $100,000 to support PHA's research program and patient- and family-serving programs. Follow news coverage of their climb and check out updates live from the mountain.

We want you to be part of this momentous event!

By supporting Drs. Benza and Frantz and Jessica, you are joining with other PH community members around the nation and the world in solidarity of hope that PH will one day be a preventable and curable disease.

In addition, your support will be instantly doubled by our generous campaign supporter Actelion's Path to a Cure Matching Fund. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! Please note that the fundraising total displayed at the top of this page includes matching funds.

This is not the first mountain Dr. Benza has conquered, either. In 2007, Dr. Benza trekked up the Grand Teton Mountain Range in a fundraising and awareness raising effort dedicated to the memory of his friend and colleague, PH patient Katherine Hanks, R.N.

As a community, we have many mountains to climb. But together, we can overcome barriers and continue forward on the path to a cure. Dr. Benza says it best: "Place one foot in front of the other and don't look too far ahead or behind. This is the key to conquering any insurmountable obstacle, whether it be a mountain or a disease."

This is just one of the many ways you can become engaged in this remarkable event! For more information, visit our Path to a Cure page at

To follow our climbers' updates live from the mountain, view training photos, and for other inspiration, please visit their blog at

Let's scale the mountaintop! Thank you for your support!


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Climbing the Path to a Cure
Feb. 19 - We made it to our base lodge!