2017 BEACON OF LIGHT ON LUNG CANCER BENEFIT WALK SUCCESSFUL!

The sixth annual Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk, held on Friday, August 18, 2017 inside the Logan Valley Mall as part of Health-O-Rama, raised $1,603. Walkers from across the Central Pennsylvania region joined the physicians, staff, and volunteers of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania to raise money to help local Lung Cancer patients with their medical expenses.

Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pa (far left) and Kelly Blake, CEO of Select Specialty Hospital (far right), present Barbara Gerrity her prize for being the walker who raised the most donations for the 2017 Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk.

Students of YTI Career Institute – Altoona participated in the Benefit Walk for the 6th year in support of the Lung Disease Center. In addition to walking at the event, the school had a nacho day that raised money for the walk and had two different “Jeans Days” where the students could wear jeans and donate a dollar toward the Benefit Walk. “Being a school in Allied Health and having a Respiratory Therapy Program, it just makes sense that we support the Lung Disease Center,” stated Natalie Lombardo-Beaver, YTI Campus President.

“The Lung Disease Center doctors provide a great benefit locally to the community and we want to show our support to them. The center has supported our students in the way of lectures, graduation speeches, externships and employment opportunities for several of our Allied Health Programs,” shared Lombardo-Beaver.

Natalie Lombardo-Beaver, YTI Altoona Campus President (far left) and Mike Harf, YTI Respiratory Therapy Student (far right) present Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA, a check in the amount of $150 representing donations raised by YTI students enrolled in their Reparatory Therapy Program.

YTI students enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program listened to the Lung Disease Center doctors speak during Health-O-Rama following the walk on subjects relating to their field of study. “This is a great opportunity for the students to network with the local medical facilities and providers at the Health-O- Rama. I would say this is something that YTI will continue to be a part of in the years to come”, stated Lombardo-Beaver.

Barbara Gerrity raised $520 making her the walker who raised the most donations. Ashley and Josh Snyder were tied as the winners of the most laps walked. The winners received gift baskets from Select Specialty Hospitals valued at over $100 each.

Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania shared

“I was happy to see the growing number of people come out for the walk and their enthusiasm to support this important cause. Every year the walk has generated donations to help lung cancer patients of the Lung Disease Center to cover their medical expenses and it is greatly appreciated,” shared Zlupko.

Dr. George M. Zlupko, Chairman of the Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pa (far left) and Kelly Blake, CEO of Select Specialty Hospital (far right), present Ashley and Josh Snyder their prize for walking the most laps at the 2017 Beacon of Light on Lung Cancer Benefit Walk.

Kelly Blake, CEO of Select Specialty Hospital of Johnstown, who sponsored the walk commented this was their fifth year to sponsor the Walk. “I am impressed and thankful for the continued increase in participation, the strong community involvement and support the walk receives,” said Blake. “Select Specialty Hospitals is proud to support the event knowing all the funds raised go toward helping local lung cancer patients.”

The Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation founded by Dr. George M. Zlupko, is located at the Lung Disease Center of Central PA, 800 Chestnut Avenue, Altoona, PA along with the Altoona Lung Specialists and the Sleep Disorder Network. For more information on the walk and the Foundation, please contact Sherri Stayer, Executive Director, at 814-946-2845, ext. 200 or email her at sherris@altoonalungspecialists.com.