The 2015 March for Pulmonary Hypertension

Living with pulmonary hypertension.

Living with pulmonary hypertension.

The 20 Mile March for Pulmonary Hypertension was initiated by the Royal Scots, whose efforts were inspired by 4 year old Everleigh Pierce, who lives with a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension affects the arteries of the lungs, and is a progressive disease for which there is currently no cure. Inspired by little Everleigh’s battle, the Royal Scots decided to take on a 20 Mile March.

The March was held on February 28, 2015 and went extremely well. The Royal Scots had 11 marchers, of which 7 completed the entire distance of 20 miles. They also had an additional 3 people driving two chase vehicles and assisting the marchers. It was a very cold day but sunny with no wind… ideal for a 20 Mile March!

They had wonderful support from the local community, who provided coffee and a hot meal to get the Scots through the entire distance. The March, the Memorial to the Fallen of the Battle of Longwoods, a church luncheon and a premiere of a Movie made by Crocodile Productions made for an excellent weekend.

The March raised well over $1000 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, which offers education, advocacy and support to people like Everleigh living with pulmonary hypertension.

Contributed by: Glenn Stott of the Royal Scots and Bronwyn McBride of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada

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