This is a virtual race to honor Lauren and bring awareness to Pectus Excavatum.
Pectus excavatum is a congenital abnormality that can be mild or severe in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally, producing a concave, or caved-in, appearance in the anterior chest wall.
For many people with pectus excavatum, their only sign or symptom is a slight indentation in their chests. In some people, the depth of the indentation worsens in early adolescence and can continue to worsen into adulthood.
In severe cases the breastbone may compress the lungs and heart. Signs and symptoms may include:
• Decreased exercise tolerance
• Rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations
• Recurrent respiratory infections
• Wheezing or coughing
• Chest pain
• Heart murmur
If the depth of the breastbone indentation is severe, it may reduce the amount of room the lungs have to expand. This compression can also squeeze the heart, pushing it into the left side of the chest and reducing its ability to pump efficiently.
(Taken from Mayo Clinic)
The awareness ribbon colors for this cause are black and teal.
Funds raised from this virtual race will go to the “For the Love of Lauren” fundraiser.
“Last Friday my wife and I drove from Michigan to North Carolina to present Lauren’s family a check and I gave a speech about how she inspired and impacted others life’s. I will continue to work with her family to raise awareness for Pectus Excavatum. We would like to make this virtual race an annual event.” – William Kranz (Custom Virtual Race Participant)