ST. LOUIS, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5, Enterprise CarShare is announcing its support of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) to help raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension, a rare but serious heart and lung condition often misdiagnosed as asthma.
Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand – part of the world's largest car rental company as measured by revenue, fleet and employees.
PHA is the nation's only nonprofit that provides support to patients, families, caregivers, medical professionals and researchers, and educates the public about pulmonary hypertension and its symptoms. If left untreated, the average survival time for someone with pulmonary hypertension is less than three years after diagnosis. An earlier diagnosis, however, enables the use of new treatments that can extend life expectancy and improve a patient's quality of life.
Enterprise CarShare members Marvin V. Acuna and his wife Chloe Temtchine have been working to raise awareness about pulmonary hypertension in the New York City area. For example, at a kickoff event for an Enterprise CarShare social media promotion − #CarShareNYC – Marvin revealed that Chloe suffers from pulmonary hypertension. The couple used the car-sharing vehicles instead of mass transit when traveling to Chloe's doctor appointments to limit her exposure to germs and illness.
The couple also used Enterprise CarShare vehicles when they participated in a unique traveling concert series, conducted to benefit PHA. Chloe is an award-winning singer and songwriter, whose song "Be Brave" serves as the anthem for PHA.
Last month, the New York City Enterprise CarShare office requested a $1,500 grant from its philanthropic arm, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, to support the work of the regional PHA chapter.
"PHA's work is vital to people like Chloe who are living with and fighting this disease," said Suzanne Appezzato, sales manager for Enterprise CarShare in New York. "This grant is a meaningful way to honor them and to support PHA's efforts to educate the public about pulmonary hypertension, its debilitating effects and the importance of early diagnosis."
PHA expressed gratitude for the support and funding, stressing that both are critical to increasing awareness of pulmonary hypertension: "Chloe and Marvin have brought so much energy to our local efforts," said Carl Hicks, PHA executive vice president. "We greatly appreciate the way Enterprise CarShare is supporting them and joining with us in the fight against pulmonary hypertension."
Available in more than 35 states, Enterprise CarShare is a membership-based program that allows for hourly, daily or overnight car rental. Members enjoy 24/7 automated access to a variety of well-maintained makes and models of vehicles, available in convenient locations such as city streets and parking lots and also on college and business campuses.
For more information about Enterprise CarShare, visit www.enterprisecarshare.com.
About Enterprise CarShare
Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise CarShare also offers fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology's speed and economy to organizations looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental, Zimride by Enterprise, Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Enterprise Fleet Management and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, which operates in the UK.
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