Monday, September 8, 2014


On Sunday, September 7, 2014 here in Chicago, the Respiratory Health Association held their Skyline Plunge.  Twice a year, brave participants repel off the 278 foot tall signature lightning bolt on theWit Hotel to raise funds and awareness for the Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research, advocacy and education efforts!

A friend of mine made me aware of this event and that a friend of his, Richard Navarre, was doing the Plunge. As a Candidate waiting desperately for a Lung Transplant from a very rare disease, I jumped at the opportunity to support Richard and this event that is aimed at raising research funds and awareness for lung disease. I made a donation and I began spreading the word to help Richard reach his fund raising goal and raise awareness as well. 

When Richard caught word of my efforts and need for a Lung Transplant, not only did Richard repel off the top of theWit Hotel as he had already planned, he dedicated his Plunge to me and my need for that transplant! I can't tell you how touched I am by this and how much it means to me. It lifts my spirits when I desperately need it. I don't know how to express what his dedication means!

I want to thank Richard for taking on such a huge challenge to help raise funds and awareness and all who participated. Here are some great photos of Richard "taking the Plunge"!



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