2020 Fight for Air Climb was cancelled at the last minute and we look ahead to 2021 with the ALA and FFAC. Can the ISRC rise to occasion?

by John Murphy | Clinical Operations Coordinator, Respiratory Care | Franciscan Health Indianapolis

Well, the 2020 “Fight for Air Climb” was cancelled at the 11th hour. Literally, the climb cancellation was announced the evening before the race up the stairs was to ensue. We were notified via e-mail and a website post on the ALA site, that the organization was concerned for climbers safety. It became one of the first Indy events to be cancelled (that we know of) related to the growing pandemic. We look to the ISRC membership for supporters and climbers and are ready to plan for another team of climbers. Who will rise up again and organize, inspire and draw attention to this important endeavor? Will it be you?

Powered by the Sprit to help, many respiratory therapists have formed teams to climb. The Franciscan Health Indianapolis has a climb-team called “Air Supply Revived” and climbers are asked to raise a minimum donation for the American Lung Association to meet research goals related to breathing. We climb for those who can’t!

The Climb date is usually in March early on the first Saturday at Indiana’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower in downtown Indy, -(some of us have already completed a practice climb or two also). Those of us who call ourselves veterans to the event, know to recommend the ALA Boot Camp at NIFS as it really helps with that preparation.

Do you ever wonder what all the hype is about? Lung Health, Lung Disease, Air Quality-Lung Cancer, COPD, Asthma Research and Treatment, EVALI Prevention, and now even more with a focus on COVID-19 ARDS (CARDS). 

The reasons are numerous to raise Funds for this Climb. If you can climb for the 2021 Spring climb, think about it and try to plan to help and engage next year and work out with us at next year’s ALA-sponsored Boot camp at NIFS. The NIFS staff can ensure that you’ll get through the climb when you finish the Boot Camp for climbers. Decide if you can climb! Join in, raise your funds, and climb. You can also support a climber. For more information reach out to a captain – (John Murphy jmurphy@in-isrc.org) for information on how to donate, or join a team.