For its second act, the UPMC-sponsored Team PHenomenal Hope – founded and captained by pulmonologist Patty George, M.D. – spent a week doing this: cycling 860 miles through 115-degree heat one day and 106-degree heat the next; pedaling up mountains that climbed gradually to 7,000 feet; patching a flat tire; pushing back onto the road a follow vehicle that got stuck with one wheel in the air; . . . and raising more awareness and research funds for pulmonary hypertension.
Team PH members Dr. George and Anne-Marie Alderson paired to take on the Race Across the West (RAW) that covers the first one-third of the Race Across America (RAAM). With four UPMC employees comprising half their crew, they finished RAW in two days, 13 hours and seven minutes.