Team DoyNulty to Climb with Lung Association in Memory of Loved Ones Who Battled Lung Cancer

Erin Doyer has been active with nonprofit since father’s passing in 2009

(February 28, 2013)

Bill Doyer, father of six, has been described as “a wonderful man with an unbelievable sense of humor who always knew how to make people laugh.” Sadly, he passed away on January 27, 2009 from lung cancer. Since then, his daughter Erin, of Windsor, has taken an active role in supporting the American Lung Association. Not only has she “Tackled Trump Parc” in Stamford and “Tackled the Tower” of the Hartford 21 building for the past two years, she’s served on the committees for both events, even serving as co-chair for the Hartford climb in 2011. Erin, alongside longtime friend Mike McNulty and others, will race to the top of the Cityplace building as team DoyNulty.

The first year that Erin created a team for the Hartford Fight for Air Climb, Mike participated to support his friend who lost her father to lung cancer. By the time the next year’s event came around, Mike himself had lost a family member to the disease.  His brother, Kevin McNulty, was just 48 years old when he passed away on August 3, 2010. He had been diagnosed less than a year earlier. In fact, 85% of lung cancer patients will die from the disease within one year of diagnoses. Research funding for lung cancer lags way behind funding for other cancers like breast, prostate and colon.  This is true despite lung cancer being the leading cancer killer of both men and women, responsible for 160,000 American deaths each year.

Even though Kevin was a smoker for much of his life, Mike remembers his brother as an active guy, playing both baseball and football. When talking about his brother’s battle with lung cancer, the thing that resonates with Mike most is that “Kevin never complained; not once through the whole thing.”

Both Erin and Michael hope that by participating in this year’s climb they’ll raise awareness about lung cancer and inspire people to donate to a cause that desperately needs funding.

“Although my father was a smoker, he was a so much more than that,” says Erin in a video interview by the American Lung Association. “The habit took the life of a father, a husband, a friend and an active community member. I now support the American Lung Association through their stair climb events and I self-host a motorcycle run in honor of my father. This journey has also led me to quit smoking.”

Erin says she’s raising money for the Hartford Fight for Air Climb with the hope that a cure will be found in the future. “I don’t want to just be another statistic but an ambassador to help those who are currently fighting for air,” says Doyer.

“Erin and Mike are doing a great service by speaking candidly about the very real pain and loss that accompanies lung cancer,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “No one deserves to die from lung cancer. That’s why in addition to funding lung cancer research, the American Lung Association is focused on helping people quit smoking and keeping kids from starting. We are committed to reducing the burden of lung disease on all Americans through education, advocacy and research.”

Seyler explained that while thousands of people who have never smoked are diagnosed with lung cancer, smoking is still responsible for 85-90% percent of all diagnoses. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women nationwide. In Connecticut alone, more than 4,500 die annually from lung cancer.

The Fight for Air Climb at Cityplace in downtown Hartford takes place on April 6. The building boasts 38 floors. Kelser Corporation is the premier sponsor of the 2013 Fight for Air Climb: Hartford. To receive a $10 discount on registration, visit Climbofyourlife.org and enter discount code dcne23. To learn more about the event or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Event Manager Heather Caisse at hartfordclimb@LungNE.org or (413) 505-5059.

Erin and Bill Doyer
Erin and her Dad in 2001

Visit Team Doynulty's fundraising page to make a valuable donation to Erin or Mike.