4th Annual Fun Walk at Railroad Park in Clovis on Saturday

The Fresno Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group will hold its 4th annual Fun Walk, also known as the “Six-Minute Marathon,” on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Railroad Park in Clovis to increase awareness of a lung disease called pulmonary hypertension, PH.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue and live music from noon to 1 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

PH is a condition that results in high blood pressure in the lungs and currently does not have a cure. Over time, the heart becomes weakened and enlarged. Arteries in the lungs can narrow, which leads to less oxygen in the blood. Patients with pulmonary hypertension often struggle to breathe causing six minutes of activity to feel like running a marathon.

Approximately 20 years ago, there were no treatments for PH but today, many advances have been made and state-of-the-art treatments are available in Fresno. The UCSF Fresno-affiliated Pulmonary Hypertension Program, established in 2008 and based at Community Regional Medical Center, specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with PH.

Rino Aldrighetti, president and CEO of the national Pulmonary Hypertension Association in Maryland, will be at the Fun Walk to recognize the work of the Fresno Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. The group is one of the largest and most well attended in the nation and has been recognized for their work.

To learn more about Pulmonary Hypertension, go to the PHA website at PHAssociation.org.

For more information on the Fun Run and the Fresno PH support group, call 559-459-PHTN (7486).

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05