A debilitating, life-threatening illness
with no cure, pulmonary hypertension (PH)--high blood pressure in the
lungs--results in the production of progressive breathlessness.
More than 125 walkers braved the
dreary weather to participate.
Adam Hurewitz, MD, Chief, Pulmonary
and Critical Care Medicine, and Medical
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Center,
Winthrop, gave an inspirational speech
prior to the walk.
The first event of its kind in the northeast, the walk attracted more than
125 participants, including patients and their friends and family members.
"It was a tremendous success,"
said Mary Bartlett, Nurse Practitioner,
Winthrop Pulmonary Hypertension
Center, and co-leader of the Long Island
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Support Group. "In addition to raising
money for research, the walk-a-thon
raised awareness of this serious, but
For more information about the
diagnosis and treatment of PH, or
Winthrop's Pulmonary Hypertension
Center, call (516) 663-2834.