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THE BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
November 7, 2016
Blue Lips Foundation is proud to announce a newly formed collaboration between the Foundation and the Stanford University School of Medicine, In advancement of Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, the Blue Lips Foundation is proud to announce a newly formed collaboration between the Foundation and the Stanford University School of Medicine. BLF's funding commitment will allow for first of its kind research to lead to development of PH diagnostic markers secured through routine blood draws - which if successful, will lead to earlier and efficient diagnosis and early onset management. We are working to change the course of PH through early diagnosis.
BLUE LIPS HOSTED IT'S 2016 GALA
November 5, 2016
Blue Lips Foundation is hosted its 2016 Gala on November 5, 2016 at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona. The evening features a keynote address by Dr. Ronald Oudiz of the UCLA Liu Center for Pulmonary Hypertension. The evening includes a dinner program, live and silent auction, and entertainment by Des Moines band, The Nadas.
NOVEMBER PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AWARENESS MONTH
November 5, 2016
Blue Lips is proud to bring much needed
awareness of pulmonary hypertension to the citizens of our state. Thank you to the State of Iowa and Representative David Young for declaring November Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.
TEAM BLUE LIPS TACKLES RAGBRAI 2016
July 23, 2016
The Blue Lips Foundation was represented during the 2016 Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). BLF supporters Scott and Jennie Peitz of Maryland captained a team of seven BLF riders across the state of Iowa July 23-30. The ride spanned a total of 420 miles. The annual trek includes over 10,000 riders. Throughout the week, Team BLF educated riders and assisted BLF in its ongoing efforts to raise awareness and the profile of pulmonary arterial hypertension. During the week, the Team met and educated celebrities such as Lance Armstrong and NASCAR Driver Jimmy Johnson.
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION TO BEGIN ACCEPTING RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS AIMED AT EARLY DETECTION OF PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION
May 15, 2016
The Blue Lips Foundation is now accepting research grant applications promoting advancements in early detection biomarkers and/or biotechnology. Qualified research institutions, organizations, and private biotech entities are encouraged to apply for funding to include no less than 12 months of continual support from BLF.
“Our very mission is centered around advancing early detection rates of PAH,” said Blue Lips Foundation President, Meredith Wilharber. “We are so very appreciative of the donors and supporters who have placed BLF in a position where we can begin to re-shape the future of PAH through development of early detection biomarkers and biotechnology advancement. Detecting PAH in its earliest stages is critical to giving patients the physical and psychological boost necessary to battle this disease. We are thrilled that are now in position to begin to make such advancements a reality.”
To apply, please submit by clicking our Concept Memorandum link for consideration. BLF intends to issue its first set of research grants to selected recipients beginning in January 2017.
CHIVE ON IOWA TO HOST THEIR FIRST GOLF CHARITY "THE OSTRICH OPEN" IN OTTUMWA IOWA WITH ALL PROCEEDS BEING DONATED TO THE BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION
May 11. 2016
It's Chive On Iowa's first golf tourney Saturday July 9th from 11 am to 12 pm at Ottumwa Country Club in Ottumwa, IA benefiting the Blue Lips Foundation. Grab your clubs and a few friends and get ready to head on down south for what is sure to be an awesome time hitting the links! PLUS MEETUP/LIVE BAND TO FOLLOW GOLF PLAY! Following the golf tournament Chive On Iowa will be hosting Buzz Worthy and Flash In A Pan for some live music, meetup style. After the music is done the official after party is down the street at Courtside Bar & Grill. If you don't want to golf you are welcome to purchase a meetup ticket and just hang out at the club during the day as it will be fun to watch, otherwise Courtside is hosting a Bags/Cornhole tournament. Contact them for the details! Going to be a fun day full of stuff happening, so please share and invite your friends to the event and get signed up ASAP since golfing tickets are limited! Any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com or message their Facebook page. Visit our events section for more details.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS "2016 HEREOS OF THE HEARTLAND" RECIPIENT MEREDITH WILHARBER
April 8, 2016
The American Red Cross of Central Iowa, along with title sponsor Nationwide, congratulate six central Iowa individuals as the 2016 Heroes of the Heartland. These outstanding citizens have demonstrated courage, compassion and unselfish character in the eyes of their neighbors and communities. Meredith Wilharber knows firsthand about Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. It took her mother’s life when she was just 12-years-old. It reappeared in Meredith’s life when she was diagnosed at age 34 with the same disease. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension or PAH is a chronic and deadly combination heart and lung disease where the pulmonary artery narrows and constricts, causing blood passage between the heart and lungs to become strained. The cause of PAH is unknown and there is no cure. Meredith and her husband, Randy, founded the Blue Lips Foundation with the goal of changing how and when PAH is diagnosed through awareness and education, as well as funding research and the development of diagnostic tools. Click Here for Video
WHO-TV 13 PROFILES BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION
November 23, 2015
In support of November's Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, the Blue Lips Foundation was profiled by WHO-TV 13 and reporter Megan Reuther on the WHO-TV 13 News at 5 on November 23, 2105. Follow the link below to view the story. Click Here for Video
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION FEATURED BY WOI-TV5
November 23, 2015
WOI-TV5 Anchor Stephanie Angleson featured the Blue Lips Foundation during the WOI-TV5 10pm newscast on November 23, 2015. The story focused on the personal pulmonary hypertension journey of Blue Lips founder, Meredith Wilharber, and featured interviews of Blue Lips Directors Randy Wilharber and Chris Bagby. Click Here for Video
KWQC-TV6 (QUAD CITIES) IGNITES THE (PH)IGHT ON BEHALF OF THE BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION
November 18, 2015
The Blue Lips Foundation was the subject of a segment titled “Igniting the (Ph)ight with Brian Boesen” on KWQC-TV6 (Quad Cities) on November 18, 2015. The feature documented the personal story of Blue Lips Founder, Meredith Wilharber, and her ongoing battle against pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The story further highlighted the ongoing efforts by the Blue Lips Foundation to change the course of PAH through research and development of novel early screening methods and diagnostic tools. KWQC Reporter Brian Boesen commented, “I am honored to share the story of the Wilharber family. They are turning a devastating diagnosis into hope for many in the future.” Click Here for Video
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BLUE LIPS’ FEBRUARY 25, 2016 “BIG ASSIST NIGHT” HOSTED BY THE IOWA ENERGY
November 13, 2015
The Iowa Energy will host the Blue Lips Foundation on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Join Blue Lips as the Energy take on the Sioux Falls Sky Force at 7:00pm CT. Blue Lips will be featured before and during the game. Energy players and High Voltage Dancers will be outfitted in Blue Lips inspired uniforms.
Blue Lips has been allocated 500 tickets for this event. Tickets are now available and may be purchased for $20/ea through Blue Lips. To Purchase Tickets Click Here. Tickets will be mailed to you directly from Blue Lips. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any required assistance.
Come and support Blue Lips and the Iowa Energy for the Big Assist Night on February 25, 2016. We’ll see you at the game!
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION SELECTED BY DES MOINES AREA BUSINESS AS 2015 “CHARITY OF CHOICE”
November 11, 2015
The Blue Lips Foundation has been selected as the “Charity of Choice” by the PeddicordWharton LLP law firm for 2015. PeddicordWharton is a full service litigation firm located in West Des Moines, Iowa. Each year the law firm selects an Iowa based charity to be the beneficiary of the multiple fundraising efforts and capital drive. The Blue Lips Foundation was selected by firm staff and employees.
“The Blue Lips Foundation is personal to us,” says Firm Administrator, Stephanie Muller. “The Wilharbers, both Meredith and Randy, are part of our family. When we learned of Meredith’s diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension, we knew she was diagnosed with a serious and life threatening disease. Her selflessness to start a Foundation to assist others inflicted with this condition is inspiring to all of us of PW, and we’re honored to adopt Blue Lips as our 2015 Charity of Choice.
Throughout November, PeddicordWharton will be leading numerous fundraising platforms with all proceeds benefiting the Blue Lips Foundation. You can learn more about PeddicordWharton LLP at www.peddicordwharton.com.
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION PROFILED BY KCCI NEWS CHANNEL 8
November 10, 2015
Meredith Wilharber was the focus of a profile story by KCCI and reporter Laura Terrell. Watch below as Meredith tells her story of the struggles of living with pulmonary hypertension - and what the Blue Lips Foundation is doing to change the course of the disease
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION FEATURED ON 93.3 KIOA
November 6, 2015
Blue Lips Foundation Co-Founder, Randy Wilharber, was a guest on KIOA 93.3FM. Listen as he discusses the perils of pulmonary hypertension and the inspiration behind the formation of Blue Lips
BLUE LIPS FOUNDATION LAUNCHES BEFORE IOWA BASED BUSINESS LEADERS, PHYSICIANS AND SUPPORTERS
November 5, 2015
The Blue Lips Foundation hosted its unveil event, “An Evening With The Blue Lips Foundation” on November 5, 2015, at Noah’s Event Venue in West Des Moines, Iowa. In support of November’s Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, Blue Lips rolled out its Mission to support early detection research for pulmonary arterial hypertension before 120 invited guests including many leaders of business, medicine and media.
The program included presentations by Blue Lips’ Co-Founders Meredith and Randy Wilharber, Blue Lips’ Medical Advisory Board Member, Dr. Craig Clark, Associate Professor of Cardiology at Des Moines University, Phaware Co-Founder Steve Van Wormer, and Executive Vice President of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Carl Hicks. Attendees also viewed the debut of Blue Lips’ PSA video – “Meredith’s Story.”