Why I Walk, Ride and Climb

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  • Nicole Erb

    I am a 30 year old women who has been affected by this disease since birth. Living with this illness has been very difficult and expensive. I am thankful everyday for the medications that are available and look forward to participating and raising money for this very special cause! » More

  • Veronica Fisher

    I walk because my son Corey was diagnosed with asthma when he was 6 months old. We fought this horrible disease for 9 years, until he lost the battle on July 2, 2008. I know that he wouldn’t want us to quit fighting now, so our focus is to help others not have to endure the suffering he went through. » More

  • Andrea M. Fitzgerald fitzgerald

    My 2-year old daughter began having breathing trouble at 8 months old. It “flares up” from time to time. » More

  • Lynn Gardner, R.N. Melanie

    The reason I walk is my daughter Melanie. She was an active happy junior in high school when her planned future took a detour. Someone accidently sprayed her in the face with a fire extinguisher during a marching band performance, in which it was being used as a special affect. » More

  • Dawne Gee Dawn Gee

    On January 18, 1996 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He was perfect. He had all of his toes, all of his fingers, he could see, his legs were formed and he was happy. I took him home not able to see that my sons lungs would fail him. That, I could not see. Within weeks, we were in and out of the hospital. Week after week. Emergency room visit after emergency room visit. » More

  • Dianne Griesser Dianne Griesser's Dad

    I am climbing in memory of my dad who died of COPD in 2001 after a long and painful struggle. I began racing in 2006, at age 39, so he never had the chance to watch me race or see what a wonderful impact running has had on my life. » More

  • Justin Guinup

    I climb in the memory of my grandmother Harriet Mackenzie. Grandma Harriet died of emphysema in March 2005. » More

  • Lori Hagerty, R.N., B.S.N

    I know my story is similar to many others who have had the misfortune of dealing with a diagnosis of lung cancer. The symptoms appear quickly, seemingly out of nowhere and all too often a sign that the cancer has spread well beyond the lungs- too late for a cure. » More

  • Amanda Hanneman Amanda Hanneman

    I have many reasons as to why I walk. The first reason I walk is because I had asthma since I was born on sept. 14, 1990 and have had it since, so for about 17 yrs. » More

  • Larry Hanneman Larry Hanneman

    You ask a very good question. Why do I complete the Blow the Whistle on Asthma Walk each year? A simple answer is "Because I still can". » More

  • Mary Hendershot

    This event appealed to me for a number of reasons. In the spring of 2007 I was diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma. Prior to that, dating back to Middle School, anything beyond speed walking and light cardio would leave me winded and with a burning sensation in my chest. » More

  • Janet Johnston

    Between 1996 and 1997, my left lung collapsed 3 times. On New Years Eve 1997, I had lung surgery at Vanderbilt to prevent further collapses and was diagnosed with severe allergies and asthma. » More

  • Inez Karageorge Inez Mom

    I do it for my parents... » More

  • Kevin and Shannon Kenily Koltin

    We walk because our 4 year old son Koltin was diagnosed with Asthma when he was 16 months old. It all started shortly after his first birthday when one evening Koltin developed a cough that just wouldn't quit and not knowing exactly what we could or could not give him for it we ended up in the Emergency Room. » More

  • Tiffany Krech

    I am a mother of two boys. Both of which have severe asthma and allergies. Our lives are effected everyday. Both boys are on more than two medications a day to help them play. Nothing is worse than telling your child they can't play like other children because of their lungs. » More

  • Danielle Kresak

    I am doing the climb for my grandparents. When I was little, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. It is because of them that I love sweets, shoes and garages sales. » More

  • Ninamary Maginnis

    This will be my fourth year riding for the American Lung Association! The first was in 2003. My oldest son, Karol John ("KJ"), saw the poster at a local restaurant. He spoke of an interest. Me? I hate fundraising -- it is not a strong suit. » More

  • MaryAnn Manning, R.N.

    As a sister, I walk for my sister, Karen who is bravely battling lung cancer. As a nurse, I walk for the many hundreds of patients that I’ve cared for who suffer from lung diseases. » More

  • Rob Maxwell

    I walk in the memory of my grandmother, Margaret Maxwell, who passed away from emphysema in 1986 and because I was diagnosed with asthma as an adult. Even though I watched my grandmother’s condition deteriorate over several years, I never truly realized the impact that lung disease had on her life—until something happened to me one day when I was a senior in college. » More

  • Kristi McCormick

    I walk because I have had asthma since I was 3 years old and I'm now 38. I have always struggled with it and have been to the hospital many times. » More

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