A campaign to raise Awareness for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada

Bradford Ontario: From Thursday November 20th to Wednesday November 26th I will be participating in a campaign to raise Awareness for the Pulmonary Hypertension  Association of Canada. Lane swimmers like myself are enrolled in the challenge and will see how many lengths they can swim during the seven days. The top swimmers with the most lengths will be recognized.

Up until a few days ago I had never heard of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). Then a friend who also swims laps at the local Bradford Swimming pool told me about it and how her daughter has PH. This is a disease in which arteries of the lungs become scarred or closed off resulting in high blood pressure in the lungs.  This rare and often fatal disease puts stress on the heart and reduces the amount of oxygen that is able to reach the tissues of the body. This results in bluish hands, feet and lips, light-headedness, shortness of breath, swelling of ankles, legs and abdomen and fainting. Right now there is no cure but there are a number of effective treatments available.    

To learn more about Pulmonary Hypertension or to make a pledge, please visit: www.phacanada.ca/ruthspage  

Thank You!