Respiratory Therapy Students Raise Funds for ALA

June 18, 2014 -- CNM Respiratory Therapy students recently climbed their way to the top of the Banque Building in Downtown Albuquerque as part of a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Besides raising the most money, the CNM team also had the top individual fundraiser.
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“They did a wonderful job and took the fundraiser seriously,” said Charles Fatta, head of CNM’s Respiratory Therapy Program. “The students had a good time while they were doing it.”

American Lung Association affiliates from across the country sponsored fundraising events centered around climbing, calling the campaign the Fight for Air Climbs, according to Lorrie Loomis of the Albuquerque office who helped organize the local climb. Nationwide, volunteers climbed skyscrapers, stadiums and other tall buildings in what some called a “vertical road race.” The annual event raises money for research, clean air advocacy and to support people who want to kick the smoking habit

In the Albuquerque event, the students climbed the eight stories to the roof of the Banque Building at Second Street and Central Avenue where they joined other participants in a post-race party. The CNM students raised $3,317.01 during the climb – more than the two runner-up teams together. The top individual fundraiser was CNM student Joe Dean.

The American Lung Association in New Mexico representatives came to CNM to honor the team, bringing pizza and sodas.

Fatta said that participating in the fundraiser is just one example of the students’ generosity. They also volunteered at the recent American Thoracic Society conference in Albuquerque and did pulmonary screenings at the Gathering of Nations event.

The CNM Respiratory Therapy Program was established as a certificate program in 1971 when the school was still in the early years of Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. It became an associate degree program in 1990.



Team members, all wearing blue scrubs: kneeling Joe Dean and Rayne Gutierrez; standing are Stephanie Vargas, Shawna Lambert and Monica Quintana. Flanking the students from the left are Michael Voss, Charles Montoya, Charles Fatta and Tamra Mason, all with the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety.