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PA Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro for a Cause

Published January 8, 2010 9:24 AM by Heather Simons

Jessica Lazar, a physician assistant at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, is preparing to scale great heights to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension, a disease that affects the heart and lungs of approximately 100,000 Americans.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Lazar is cited as one of three health care professionals trekking to the 19,000-foot summit of Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro in February. So far the climbers have received $47,953 in donations and hope to raise $100,000 total for research to treat pulmonary hypertension. If the climbers can surpass $50,000, drug-maker Actelion has committed to matching it with another $50,000, according to the article.

Lazar, 33, joined the trek in November, figuring it might seem cool someday to her son, Tyler, 2. He will stay home with her husband, Sean.

"I thought about it every day, and I realized if I was thinking about it every day, I would regret it if I didn't do it," she said.

Read the full article here.

1 comments

Jessica,

Good luck with your dream climb.  Keep safe and conquer all!!

Jennifer and Carolyn

Jennifer Spotti January 14, 2010 1:09 PM
Pittsburgh PA

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