Nathan's Hope is a 5K run/walk to raise money for the Nathan's Hope Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital and to the Nathan Matuszewicz Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky in Animal Sciences. Many people are unaware of the life threatening heart ailments that affect the young. Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) is just one of those diseases. PPH is a lung disorder in which the pressure in the pulmonary artery rises to above normal levels and becomes life threatening.
A young boy named Nathan Matuszewicz who lived in Lexington, Kentucky was diagnosed with this disease in March 1993. The only symptom that made him any different from any other little boy was his shortness of breath. In November of 1998, his medication was no longer working to keep the pressure stable within his lungs, and he was taken to New York to see a specialist in the field of PPH. During a routine cardiac catheterization, Nathan passed away, proving that this wonderful and happy child was really sicker than he ever presented.
Nathan's family and friends are now working to increase the knowlege and awareness of PPH and help the families who have a loved one diagnosed with PPH.
Event: August 21, 2010 at Keeneland's Barn #2
Registration: 8 - 9am
Activities: Non-competitive 5K route for runners and walkers, raffle, silent auction, face painting, a special visit from Stitches and PPH information booth
For more information please contact Lynette Crist at 333-6458
Please join Scott and myself as we help raise money for Nathan's Hope. Warmly, Valorie