Over the past eight years, The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival has become one of Montgomery Countyʼs most popular and well-attended family festivals. Held at Town Green Park, TWCF provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family with Louisiana crawfish, ice-cold beverages, kidsʼ activities, live entertainment, and more. In addition to throwing the best outdoor party in The Woodlands, TWCFʼs mission is to raise funds and build awareness of pulmonary hypertension (PH), a deadly disease that affects people of all ages and ethnicities worldwide. All proceeds from the festival are donated each year to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), a nationwide non-profit organization leading the charge to find a cure for PH.
ABOUT THE DISEASE: PULMONARY HYPERTENSION
PH is a progressive, life-threatening, debilitating disease resulting in high blood pressure of the lungs due to narrowing of the pulmonary arteries. It forces the right side of the heart to pump so hard to move blood into the lungs that it can lead to heart failure. Symptoms are non-specific and include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Because patients go months, sometimes years, believing they have something other than PH, most patients are ultimately diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease. But early and accurate diagnosis, quality care and appropriate treatments can extend and improve the quality of life for many patients.
Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the countryʼs leading pulmonary hypertension organization. PHAʼs mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH; its vision is a world without PH, empowered by hope. PHA achieves this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families, healthcare professionals and researchers. For more information and to learn how you can support PH patients, visit www.PHAssociation.org and connect with PHA on Twitter and Instagram @PHAssociation and on Facebook at www.- facebook.com/PulmonaryHypertensionAssociation.