This disease has had a personal impact on our organization. We learned last year that Sarah McDonald, one of our Regional Sales Managers in Ontario, has a family member who has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).

Anyone can be affected by this disease even at a young age. In fact, Sarah's niece eleven year old niece Mia Burden is now bravely fighting (PAH). 

This year we will be promoting awareness through The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada and promoting PH awareness and Mia's story during the month of November in all of our social media channels.

Below, you can learn more about Sarah and Mia and how you can help support the efforts to bring awareness to this cause.

To say that Mia is a “bright light” or a “character” is an understatement. She is talented and gifted in so many ways. Mia is funny, athletic, an actor, and a beautiful singer.  She loves the stage and has received many awards and accolades in her young 11 years. And now she is physically unable to do the thing she loves most, because Pulmonary Hypertension literally takes her breath away.  Saying this, I must also say that her bright light is not diminished.  She is still always able to bring a smile to your face.  Mia is the bravest person I know – taking each day as it comes and with a great attitude. I am so blessed to know her, and to learn from her.  

Like the majority of us, I had never heard of Pulmonary Hypertension until my niece’s diagnosis. And now I am doing everything that I can to change that.  Because without awareness, there is little funding, and without funding, there is very little research.  Mia needs research – she needs a brilliant scientist somewhere to figure out a cure for her.  

Thank you for clicking on the link and reading Mia’s story.  Thank you for any donation you can make. The unconditional support I have received from my employer Chicago Title has meant more to me than I can ever express. I am so fortunate to work with generous and truly caring people.

Thank you

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease affecting the arteries of the lungs. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or social or ethnic background. In pulmonary hypertension, the arteries of the lungs become narrowed and scarred. This can result in almost complete closing of the arteries, and can lead to heart failure. PH is a life-threatening disease for which there is currently no cure. PH is a disease which most Canadians are not aware of unless you are directly impacted.

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