This is our 2nd annual virtual race honoring Lauren and bringing awareness to Pectus Excavatum. This virtual race will accomplish three things: to raise awareness for Pectus Excavatum, to remember the life of Lauren Miller Dobbins, and to directly support two people in need that recently had surgeries for 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.