The 2019 Fight for Air Climb was a Lung Association success, thanks in part to some RT’s

by John Murphy, MS, RRT

Franciscan Health Indy climbers
Franciscan Health Indy climbers

The picture (left) shows the Franciscan Health Indy climbers; their team was again successful raising funds to help breathing causes for the ALA. One RT (John Murphy) and 2 Pulmonologists (Faisal Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed) were on the team with several other nurses, physicians and other staff. Community Health had a team with RT Informatics Ricki Shepard, RRT leading the climb, enjoying the day, the climb, and the preceding Boot camp at NIFS.

Reasons we climb
Reasons we climb.

Many agree, that we climb – for those who can’t.

Starting in late Fall 2018, the climbers begin training for the 47+ story climb into and atop the highest building in Indianapolis. Practice Climbs were arranged and boot camps were scheduled and completed in 10 grueling sessions. Our goal was to turn our attention to fundraising for air quality, lung cancer, breathing disorders and anti-smoking efforts to improve pulmonary disease management and tolerance. The American Lung Association schedules their ALA Fight For Air Climb in the Salesforce Tower and in March we climbed. Many agree, that we climb – for those who can’t. I admire all of the effort in planning, and team formations. One year recently we amassed over 1500 climbers and our Franciscan Health team had 44 climbers healthy and eager to set a great pace to new heights. I met up with Ricki Shepard, RRT from Community Hospital again in boot camp and we were successful for goals and times expected. I hope all RT’s will consider this great fundraising event and help to formulate a winning ISRC Team for the 2019 climb. It is really inspiring to see Indianapolis and surrounding area firemen ascend with full gear multiple times. Once I saw a fireman climb 11 times the day of the climb. Congratulations to an awe-inspiring event in Indy and one that features the work and interests of so many Respiratory Therapists as well as patients and coworkers. It is always great to have a medical director climb with you as well as other pulmonologists.

Faisal Khan, MD
Faisal Khan, MD
Sarfraz Ahmed, MD
Sarfraz Ahmed, MD