PA Leaving for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Today
Pennsylvania PA Jessica Lazar is getting on a plane today to fly to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Lazar, who works at the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, her supervising physician and another doctor are making the nine-day trek to raise money and awareness for pulmonary hypertension.
As Lazar tells ADVANCE, altitude sickness causes pulmonary hypertension in climbers--“What better way to raise awareness of PH than to give it to ourselves, the very same disease our patients have?”
To that end, during the climb, called Path to a Cure, Lazar and her climbing partners have plans to update their blog whenever possible. They’ll be taking instruments, such as a donated miniature pulse oximeter, to document their experience with data.
In addition, Actelion Pharmaceuticals pledged to match all Path for a Cure donations up to $50,000. That goal was surpassed yesterday, and donations are still being accepted here.
Check back with ADVANCE for more coverage about Lazar’s climb.
Path to a Cure blog
Photo courtesy Jessica Lazar, MPA, PA-C