Race to the top

COURTESY PHOTOThe NECC students who participated in the Fight for Air Climb fundraiser are, from left, Ryan Wiggins, Zachary Quigley, Andrew Milton, Scott McCully and Courtney Webb.

HAVERHILL — Can you imagine racing up 789 stairs?

Five students from Northern Essex Community College did it — and one of them nearly won competition which had 1,326 participants.

The students from NECC'S respiratory care program recently participated in the Fight for Air Climb, helping to raise awareness and money for the American Lung Association. Their challenge was racing up the 789 stairs at One Boston Place in downtown Boston as fast as possible.

The students were split into two teams. The NECC Respiratory Freshmen team consisted of Courtney Webb of Woburn, Scott McCully of Sandown, New Hampshire, and Ryan Wiggins of Bedford, New Hampshire; while the NECC Respiratory Seniors team was made up of Andrew Milton of Salisbury and Zachary Quigley of Kingston, New Hampshire.

Quigley’s time was the second-fastest of all 1,326 participants. The 27-year-old climbed the hundreds of stairs in 5 minutes and 17 seconds. Overall, the two Northern Essex teams raised a total of $1,307.

Donations are still being accepted on the teams’ web pages. Donors can give an amount of $5 or more. Proceeds benefit the work of the American Lung Association.

NECC offers an associate degree in respiratory care, which prepares students for practice at the therapist level, where they will work closely with physicians and nurses to diagnose lung and breathing disorders, and evaluate and treat patients to help them recover lung function. Graduates are prepared for the National Board of Respiratory Care credentialing exams and for state licensing as a respiratory therapist.

To donate to the NECC Respiratory Freshmen team, visit http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?pg=team&fr_id=14789&team_id=134654.

To donate to the NECC Respiratory Seniors Team, visit http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?team_id=134125&pg=team&fr_id=14789.

Recommended for you