Dedicated Volunteer Remembers Mother Through Her Work with the American Lung Association
(October 24, 2014)
Stamford, CT - Adriana Tutillo’s long-term dedication to the American Lung Association of the Northeast is motivated by her late mother’s battle with secondhand smoke.
Ana Isabel Pulido, originally from Colombia, died of stage 3B lung cancer eight years ago after working in a factory for 30 years where her colleagues were smokers. “Amazingly enough, almost every member in her department passed away from cancer. Her direct supervisor, Joe, died at age 54 from lung cancer,” Tutillo said.
Tutillo, of Stamford, said it was two years after her mother’s death that she began volunteering with the American Lung Association and finds it to be a rewarding experience. “My favorite part is the camaraderie. They accept you no matter what, if they know there’s a reason why you’re volunteering they embrace it,” Tutillo said.
Tutillo has spent the last several years volunteering at the Fight for Air Climb-Tackle Trump Parc in Stamford. “Every year I try to do a little bit; I do what I can,” Tutillo said. This year’s Fight For Air Climb will take place on November 22, 2014 at Trump Parc on 1 Broad Street.
Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race,", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.
Tutillo’s volunteer work also consists of canvassing to collect donations and passing out flyers to spread word about the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. “I would see people smoking and let them know about the event. I’d tell them that my mother died of secondhand smoke. I’d encourage them to do the climb and see if they could do it with their lungs,” she said.
Tutillo said she plans to continue volunteering in the Stamford climb and hopes her mother is proud of her work. “I hope she’s happy I’m getting up and doing something,” Tutillo said.