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By Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart.

It’s essentially a narrowing of the vessels between the lungs and the heart that makes it harder for blood to flow through the lungs. With no known cure, as the pressure builds the right ventricle has to work harder to pump blood to the lungs eventually causing the heart muscle to weaken and fail.

Eight years ago, Janet McAllister, a realtor for Charles Reinhart Realtors, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.

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“I have done very well from the date I was diagnosed; they didn’t think I would survive,” McAllister told The Sun Times. “They told me to get my things in order. But I’ve responded to some specific medications, that less than 1 percent of the population does.”

Since responding to that medication, getting healthy and strong once again, McAllister wanted to give back.

Six years ago, she began a fundraiser to raise money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association for Research (PHAR), a Halloween maze that was done at one of their Ann Arbor offices.

This year, on Aug. 16 in Gallup Park, Reinhart agents raised $10,000 for the PHAR, with the Reinhart Charitable Donation donating 50% of the funds raised to total $15,000 donated to the PHAR.

McAllister said they wanted to mix it up this year and settled on a canoe race to help get more Reinhart agents involved. This, in turn, led them to get sponsors for the canoe race and helping raise the $10,000.

With no plans on stopping and the response to this year’s event, McAllister said that another charity canoe race is already planned for the third Thursday in July: July 16, 2020.

To find out more about the PHAR and the charity canoe race contact a Reinhart Realtors office.

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