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I am participating in SkyRise Chicago 2018, tackling the highest indoor tower climb at the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital, according to US News and World Report – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
SRALAB provides world-class rehabilitation care to thousands of patients for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and cancer recovery, and more. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago 2018 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research at SRALAB.
So, why do I participate? I am a physician. Fitness and well being are part of my philosophy of life. I have run up the World Trade Center to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and done some climbs to benefit the American Lung Association. For me, stair climbing/racing is a way of celebrating life. It is easy to take your four extremities for granted. When you lose one or two through trauma or a neurological event, maybe you can compensate with some expert help. When you lose the use of all four extremeities, it is a devastating blow that requires immense mental strength, endurance, determination, and self discipline to reinvent oneself. "Mind over matter", as they say. A similar mindset is required to run up 103 floors. It requires all four extremities working against gravity and a mind that refuses to quit. Sheer willpower is a very important element. There is no respite from the relentless onslaught of successively higher and higher floors. Take your body to its physical limit and relish the triumph of achieving something that is truly difficult. If I can stimulate awareness of people less fortunate than myself, raise some money on their behalf, and enhance my overall health at the same time, I have done something worthwhile with my time.
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