Northwestern Memorial Staff Take on Tall Challenge in 2010 Hustle up the Hancock
Nearly 4,000 people climbed 94 flights of stairs to the top of the John Hancock building to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education this past weekend. Among them, were dozens of clinicians and medical students from Northwestern Memorial Hospital who demonstrated their support by making the climb and volunteering at the annual event held by the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago.
Emergency medicine physician George Chiampas, DO served as co-medical director of the event along with colleague Sanjeev Malik, MD. Chiampas also participated in the event for the first time.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people come together to support this great cause,” said Chiampas. “Many climbers were there in honor of a loved one, while others simply wanted to help raise awareness and support this mission.”
Also among the climbers was Jyoti Patel, MD, an oncologist at Northwestern Memorial who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer.
“This is a cause very near and dear to my heart,” said Patel. “"I value the efforts of Respiratory Health Association because every day, I see firsthand how their commitment to research and identifying new treatments benefits the patients I care for."
Together with a team of clinicians and patients, Patel conquered the full climb of 1,632 steps, raising thousands of dollars for life-saving research. Patel serves on the Board of Directors for Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, and has been active in the association's outreach to raise awareness about the disproportionate effects of lung disease among women.
According to the Respiratory Health Association, the 13th annual event was a great success, with more than $1 million raised.