On Saturday, Rustler’s Rooste will host the sixth annual Spur a Cure for PH benefit to raise money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Pulmonary hypertension, or PH for short, is caused by continuous high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery in the lungs, which results in an enlarged heart that can lose its ability to pump.
This life threatening disease affects people of all ages and ethnicities, and currently there is no cure. Most types of PH are not recognized until they are quite advanced because many of the symptoms mimic those related with other conditions.
In 2006, a group of PH patients, family and friends decided to create an event that would raise awareness while raising funds for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a 501(c)(3) organization. It was with this vision that Spur a Cure for PH was born.
Patricia Harrington was diagnosed with PH in 2003 and has co-chaired the event for three years along with Amy Moseley and Trish Duque. When Harrington was diagnosed in 2003 she was given a little over two-and-a-half years to live.
Harrington describes Spur a Cure for PH as an inspiring event that makes her feel glad to be alive.
“Without doctors and research I would not be here today,” she said.
Currently, Harrington is on a new medicine that she takes three times a day that helps open up her arteries and she uses an oxygen treatment at night.
She was able to gain support through PHA’s support groups, something that she is very grateful for. PHA provides support for those living with PH and aims to find a cure for the disease.
In fact, Harrington learned about Spur a Cure for PH through PHA. By participating in Spur a Cure for PH, Harrington hopes to increase PH awareness and let others know that there is help available.
“Spur a Cure for PH is a great, informal way to support and fundraise for the cause,” said Moseley. “It’s a fun, nice night out and it’s close to home,”
Rustler’s Rooste, 8383 S. 48th St., the location of the event, is in Ahwatukee at the foothills of South Mountain. The restaurant is considered “Arizona’s Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse” and the event is known for it’s country-western theme.
“Everyone raves about the food and you get a beautiful view of the Valley,” Moseley said.
In addition to food and dancing, local Nashville recording artist Sheylyn Jaymes will perform at the benefit and there will be a silent auction. Dr. Jeremy Feldman, director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Arizona Pulmonary Specialists, will also be in attendance.
The cost to attend Spur a Cure for PH on March 24 is $40 and all proceeds benefit PHA.
For more information about PH and to register for the event, visit www.cureph.com.
Arselia Gales is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.