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Students raise money for Lung Association

Kareen LaneColumbus State's Respiratory Care students are "taking it to the streets" – supporting the American Lung Association's Fight for Air run/walk on Sept. 29.

The Respiratory Care program has a long history of community service, says student organizer Karreen Lane, and about a dozen Respiratory Care students will participate.

You can help in two ways:

  • Participate in the Run/Walk by registering online at: FightForAirColumbus.org- Choose  "Join a team" or you can join individually with friends or family. The team name is "CSCC RT's Lead the Way."
  • Donate online at FightForAirColumbus.org:  1. Click- on "Join a Team" 2. Enter- "CSCC RT's Lead the Way" for the Team Name 3. Hit- Search for a Team   4. Select- "CSCC RT's Lead the Way"   5. Select- "Support CSCC RT's Lead theWay" or "Make a gift," and you will be on your way to saving lives and supporting your community!

Fight for Air brochure

The Fight for Air will take place at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus and includes 5k and 1-mile options. Proceeds benefit research into lung disease, smoking cessation programs, asthma treatment and air-quality advocacy.

The Respiratory Care program trains students to become licensed as Respiratory Care Professionals as required by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board. Lane, 25, said she was inspired to study the program because her grandfather died of lung disease, and her niece is afflicted with asthma.

Asthma is the No. 1 cause of school absenteeism, according to the American Lung Association, and 10 Americans die each day from an asthma attack. Lung cancer is another leading cause of death, and smoking is still too common among young people.

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