Pulmonary Hypertension Benefit to Raise Awareness and Funds for Patients and Research through LSU Health Sciences Center


Sunday, April 7, 2013: Join us for a day-long benefit to support the Chelsea’s Radiant Smile Foundation and help fight pulmonary hypertension. Chelsea Umbach Yates was an avid scuba diver who died of complications resulting from pulmonary hypertension in 2011 after a long and inspiring battle with the disease. In January 2010, Chelsea received the GIFT of a double lung and heart transplant. Because of the host of medications required to keep the body from rejecting the new and foreign organ, she had a severely compromised immune system and eventually succumbed to an otherwise relatively benign bacteria.

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the lungs and most often affects individuals in the prime of life. Because affected patients often appear otherwise healthy, the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension is often delayed. Although there is no known cure, there is effective treatment if is is diagnosed early. Active pulmonary hypertension research studies are currently ongoing at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

The benefit takes place at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park, site of Chelsea’s wedding, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The funds raised will go towards a Foundation fund established in Chelsea’s memory within the Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care in Internal Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center. It was Chelsea’s wish that other patients be educated about the disease and supported in their fight.


Up for Auction

Among the many items available at the silent and live auctions:

  • A Blue Dog print by local artist George Rodrigue.
  • An original seascape watercolor by Gulf Coast Artist Jennifer Black.
  • The Mistral, an AquaLung cosmetically retro yet high-performance double-hose regulator.

Download the complete list of items available and minimum bids. The live auction will begin promptly at 1:30.

The April 7 benefit will feature:

The funds raised will be held in the LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation for the School of Medicine’s Pulmonary Health Section. The Foundation was founded in 1988 to support and promote the charitable, scientific, and educational mission of the LSUHSC. It is a private, institutionally related entity formed to solicit donations, receive and manage funds including endowments for the benefit of the LSUHSC. The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and defined by the IRS as a “public charity.’

For more information please contact Cindy Caldwell at scuba3483@aol.com



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