PHA Canada E-Newsletter: Vol 4 #7 July 2013

And the Contest winner is... Jas!
PHA Canada recently held a contest to win a FREE registration to our upcoming National Conference. Members answered the question “What does Conference mean to you?” The top 4 entries were:
“Conference Brings PH Warriors Together To Continue The PHight!” – Jas James
“Conference means giving my son the PHenomenal hope he deserves for his future.” – Kristine Ritchie
“Conferences means surrounding oneself with inspiration and hope, bringing our country closer in our struggles for PH awareness and ensuring that no one gets left behind.” – Shauna Rivait
“Conference is the coming together of our Phriends and family across the country and knowing you're not alone in the fight against PH.” – Carol Ploughman
 Our community voted on the above entries. Our long-time friend Jas James collected 50 votes and won! Jas will be attending Conference for free this year. Thanks to each person who made our contest a success: “Like” our Facebook page to participate in future contests!

Conference Update

Over 70 community members have already confirmed their attendance at our National PH Conference! Remember: hotel rooms are limited. Sign up as soon as possible to ensure your spot. A Scholarship fund exists to help those for whom the cost of attending Conference may be prohibitive: it is PHA Canada’s goal to help as many as possible to attend. Visit the Conference website to learn more about the speakers and sessions or to register online! 

Conference Teaser: Have you ever wondered about how yoga, meditation or other alternative therapies can support wellness when living with PH? A unique session at our Conference titled “Breathing your way to calm: Alternative Therapies” will be led by Dr. Rana Awdish. We're so excited about this promising session and hope to see you there.

News: Sandy Metcalfe, Sept 4, 1952 - June 6th, 2013

 We regret to announce the passing of a valued friend and mentor to the Canadian PH community. Sandy Metcalfe passed away  eacefully on June 6th after complications following a double lung transplant. She touched thousands of lives in her roles as a teacher, mother, wife, colleague, grandmother, sister, board member and trusted friend. Sandy dealt with PH in the same graceful way that she met all challenges: with optimism, faith and determination. She became very involved with PHA Canada, founding a support group in Saskatchewan and becoming a Board Member and Secretary. Sandy had a beautiful and infectious energy that inspired everyone who came across her. She will be deeply missed. 

Inside PHA Canada: Board Nominations
As you know, we are currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors of PHA Canada for the 2013-2014 term.  If you or someone you know desires to become more actively involved with the PH community in Canada, visit our new Board Nominations page to learn more.

NEW Volunteer opportunities!
PHA Canada is truly a community-driven organization, and always looking to engage new volunteers. We work with volunteers on a project basis, matching a volunteer’s skills, availability and interests to a specific project that has measurable and concrete outcomes. This creates a truly rewarding opportunity to give back to the PH community. If you may be interested in volunteering, learn more on our website!

Resource Tip of the Month - the best place for resources is Conference!
Whether you’re just beginning your PH journey or are a long-term PH expert, the National Conference has something for everyone. Sessions range from basic introductions to the disease, to complex topics dealing with research advances and living well with PH. However, the most precious resource that Conference offers is an opportunity to meet others who are thriving with PH. Those who have attended previous Conferences will tell you: the most valuable part of Conference is the opportunity to learn from others who understand and share similar experiences.  To learn more and to register, visit the Conference website!

Low Sodium Recipe - Strawberry Spinach Salad
This is a naturally low-sodium summer salad. It combines strawberries with spinach for a sweet, tangy flavour: perfect for barbeques or picnics!
Ingredients: 6 servings
1/2 lb spinach
1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 red onion, sliced
1/4 cucumber, sliced
1/3 c sliced almonds
1 Lemon, zested and squeezed
2 T white wine vinegar
1 T olive oil
1/3 c sugar
Method: Prepare fruit and veggies for salad. Zest 1 lemon. Squeeze juice into bowl. Mix with other dressing ingredients. Toss salad and dressing just before serving!
Nutritional info: PER 1 serving:  139 calories, 7g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 36mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 3g dietary fiber, 3g protein
Source: Low Sodium Cooking

PH News 
Riociguat Shows Promise in Pulmonary Hypertension
Source: American Thoracic Society. Published: May 22, 2013
Singing opera with someone else's lungs - Charity Tillemann-Dick
Source: Washington Post. Published: May 27
Oestrogen and the sexual dimorphism of pulmonary arterial hypertension: a translational challenge
Source: European Respiratory Journal. Publish: May 1, 2013
Health Canada Endorsed Important Information on FLOLAN® (epoprostenol sodium)
Source: Health News Network. Published: April 25, 2013 
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July 13: London PH Support Group Meeting
London Public Library, Westmount Branch, 1:30- 3:30 PM

August 10: London PH Support Group Meeting
London Public Library, Westmount Branch, 1:30- 3:30 PM
Mill Run Golf Course, 269 Durham Road 8 , Uxbridge, ON All Day
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