At County College of Morris (CCM), many choose to pursue a career in healthcare as a way of reaching out and helping people. Students from the Respiratory Club are taking their commitment one step further by participating in this year’s Fight for Air Climb to raise money for the American Lung Association.
The climb takes place Saturday, March 2, at the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City. The event was brought to the club’s attention by Professor John Rutkowsi, sparking the interest of a sizeable group of students. Together, they formed a team to participate in the climb and named themselves “The Ventilators.” The team includes captains Christina Paulinho from Morris Plains and Patricia Kalafut of Ogdensburg.
Respiratory Club members who will also be participating in the climb include Carylin Aviles of Randolph, Roberta Duty of Morristown, Lukose Joseph of Lake Hiawatha, Surell Masino of Newton, Anthony Polster of Netcong, Katerina Pulopulo of Sussex, Edit Punk of Randolph, Estaban Rojas of Dover, Kelly Shertz of Andover, David Sternbach of Clifton, Sarah O’Doherty of Newton, and Laura Moran of Vernon. Fourteen additional students are volunteering their time to help staff the event and support the participants.
The event asks each team member to raise sponsor donations and participate in a “vertical race” consisting of a 33-story climb of the Harborside Financial Center. The Ventilators are currently ranked in the number one spot for fundraising in the team category.
The Fight for Air Climb benefits the American Lung Associate. Donations are used to help fund research and education on lung issues such as air pollution, asthma, lung cancer and more.
“The students are working very hard,” said Professor Michelle DaSilva, director of the Clinical Education program for Respiratory Therapy at CCM. “I think all the team members have a lot of spirit and will complete the climb.”
Donations to The Ventilator can be made at http://tinyurl.com/TheVentilators.