PHA Canada’s monthly electronic newsletter
Vol 1. No. 6 December 2011

In this issue:

Lend a Hand Wraps Up On Parliament Hill

After collecting handprints across Canada throughout the month of November, PHA Canada held a wrap up event on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, November 29th.  The event, hosted by the Honourable Bob Rae, included a reception and presentations by Mr. Rae, Dr. George Chandy, PH patients Jo-Anne Mainwood and Genevieve Lively from the Ottawa Support Group and former MP, Mr. Don Bell.  PHA Canada President Frank Poon provided attendees with the results of the month-long campaign which saw the collection of over 2,000 handprints and messages of hope!
 The event concluded with the showing of the amazing “Let Me Breathe” video produced by singer and songwriter, Mr. Paul Adams along with members of the Toronto Chapter of PHA Canada.   

Awareness Month Events 

Throughout the month of November, many awareness events were held across Canada.  In Toronto, the Toronto Chapter of PHA Canada held their third annual “Let Me Breathe” Las Vegas night fundraiser which raised over $11,000!
The Montreal support group organized a “Walk for Breath” held at the Centreville YMCA and drew a crowd of almost 250 participants.
Many other groups set up information booths and collected handprints for the “Lend A Hand” campaign.  Thank you to all those who worked hard to make this year’s Awareness Month a great success!  


Pledge Your Support with Your Own Personal Page! 

Would you like to find a way to raise funds and awareness that you can do from the comfort of your own home?  PHA Canada is pleased to be able to offer you a new fundraising alternative with our “Personal Pages”.  Simply log on to our website at and follow the simple step by step instructions that allow you to create your very own fundraising centre and to share your PH story.  You can set up your own page, a “Tribute” page to a loved one who has lost their battle or an “In Honour” page for someone you wish to recognize.  With the holidays approaching, you can ask your friends and family to consider making a donation in lieu of a gift or sending cards.  A great way to share the spirit of the holidays while making a difference! For more information contact us at   


 “Let Me Breathe Video” Has Been Launched

After a great deal of hard work and the dedication of a committed group of volunteers led by Paul Adams, the much anticipated “Let Me Breathe” video is now complete!  The song, written and produced by Mr. Adams, shares a message of hope for all those living with PH and the video showcases an amazing group of musicians assembled to produce the video along with a choir of PH patients and their family members singing back up!  PHA Canada is very grateful to Paul Adams for this wonderful gift to the PH community.  We would also like to thank the Radio and Television Arts School (RTA) at Ryerson University, Toronto, as well as the Coalition Music Recording studio and staff, for the donation of their time. 

If you have not already done so, please visit  or the main page of our website to view the video at  Please share this link with your family and friends or post it on your Facebook page to help us share this video with as many people as we can! 

 Low Sodium Recipe of the Month

Just in time for the holidays, this low-sodium roast turkey recipe is sure to please!

Traditional Roast Turkey

A medley of fresh herbs and vegetables flavors the turkey while adding minimal carbs, calories, and fat in this recipe.
MAKES: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
  • Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Calories: 229
  • Protein(gm): 38
  • Fat, total(gm): 7
  • Cholesterol(mg): 137
  • Saturated fat(gm): 2
  • Sodium(mg): 155

Diabetic Exchanges

  • Very Lean Meat(d.e): 5
  • Fat(d.e): 1
  • 1 12 - 14 pound turkey
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon regular salt
  • 1/2teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 small onions, quartered (12 ounces total)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh sage leaves, pomegranate wedges, tiny apples or pears, and/or kumquats (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove neck and giblets from turkey, reserving neck bone. Rinse the inside of the turkey; pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, stir together snipped or dried rosemary, thyme, snipped or dried sage, salt, and pepper. Season inside of body cavity with half of the herb mixture. Pull neck skin to the back; fasten with a skewer. Tuck the ends of the drumsticks under the band of skin across the tail. If there is no band of skin, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail with 100 percent cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under the back.
2.Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Arrange onions, carrots, celery, and neck bone around turkey in roasting pan. Pour the water into the pan. Brush turkey with oil. Sprinkle turkey with remaining herb mixture. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle; the thermometer should not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil.
3.Roast for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast for 2-1/2 to 3 hours more or until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F. About 45 minutes before end of roasting, remove foil and cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs cook evenly. When turkey is done, the juices should run clear and the drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.
4.Remove turkey from oven. Transfer to a serving platter (reserve mixture in pan for gravy). Cover; let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. If desired, garnish platter with rosemary sprigs, sage leaves, pomegranate wedges, tiny apples or pears, and/or kumquats. Makes 24 (about 4-ounce) servings.
This Month’s Resource Tip:  

How to Set Up Your Own “Personal Page”
You can help us raise funds to further our work as well as awareness of PH with your family and friends by setting up your own “Personal Page”!  Here are some tips to make your page a success:
  • Personalize your page as much as possible by sharing your own story and photos on your page
  • Set a personal fundraising goal to inspire your contacts to help you reach the goal that you have set
  • Create a comprehensive contact list of those you think might be willing to support your cause (family members, friends, co-workers, kids’ contacts, etc.)
  • Be sure to follow up with reminder notices and progress updates and use the easy to create e-cards to send your own personalized thank you to anyone who has donated to your page
Visit our website today at to get started on your own personal page! 


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The Pulse
Vol. 1 No. 6
           December 2011

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