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Harvard man rappels 27 stories for lung health

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Michael Kelly, of Harvard, rappelled 27 stories off theWit Hotel in Chicago to raise money for the Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research and programs.

CHICAGO – Michael Kelly, of Harvard, was one of more than 50 brave participants who stepped over the edge 278 feet above State and Lake Streets in Chicago on September 8 as part of Skyline Plunge! Chicago.

Hosted by Respiratory Health Association, the rappel at theWit Hotel raised more than $67,000 for the association’s local lung disease research and programs.

 “As Chicago’s only urban rappelling adventure, Skyline Plunge! Chicago is a unique event,” said Gina Schwieger, senior director of special events for Respiratory Health Association. “But this event is about more than the experience. More than two thirds of our participants are personally touched by lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD. Their stories and commitment to raising awareness and funds to support local lung disease research and programs are truly inspiring.”

 Skyline Plunge! will be back in Chicago again on May 5, 2013.  Register, donate or learn more at www.lungchicago.org/skyline-plunge.

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