On Sunday, February 26, more than 4,000 people participated in the 20th anniversary of the “Hustle Up the Hancock” by climbing 94 floors to the top of the 1,128-foot John Hancock building to help raise funds for the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago. Northwestern Medicine formed a team of physicians, nurses, patients and supporters to help raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
Montgomery-resident Sheila Alonso, a 54-year old asthma patient, was thrilled to completed 16 flights of stairs. A few years ago, before she underwent a procedure called bronchial thermoplasty at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, going up just a couple of stairs would leave her winded.
“It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many men, women and children who are dedicated to helping patients like me overcome lung disease,” said Alonso. “The experience gave me confidence that I can do even more physical activity. I’m planning to go out and buy a bike.”
Irene Delagrammaticus, RN, thoracic surgery nurse at Northwestern Memorial was Northwestern Medicine’s team captain who helped lead the team with raising nearly $1,100. Myles Downing, RN, emergency medicine nurse at Northwestern Memorial, clocked the fastest time on the team at 15:21.
Northwestern Medicine is a presenting sponsor for the “Hustle Up the Hancock.”