Danny Spagnuolo, one of PPM’s finest, ran the Hustle Up the Hancock this past weekend in support of the fight against lung cancer. As the name implies, the race is a straight climb up 94 flights of stairs to the Observatory at the John Hancock Center on Michigan Ave. Danny not only completed the race, but finished in 18 minutes. Here is his account of the experience:
6:30 AM this past Sunday, I found myself standing on Michigan Avenue staring up towards the top floor of the Hancock Building. It was a little chilly outside, but I stood there for a moment and began to laugh out loud as I said to myself, “You’re crazy!”, crazy because I was about to do The Hustle.
The Hustle Up the Hancock race is by far one of my favorite races to do in Chicago. It raises proceeds for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, whose mission it is to promote lung health and fight lung disease through research, advocacy, and education. Registration for the race fills in less than an hour, and this year I missed it. But luckily, spots were available for individuals to climb…if they pledged to raise $1,000.
Normally I wouldn’t even attempt to raise money, but this year was different. This past summer, Patrick “Pokey” Ruedisale, arguably my favorite uncle, passed away from multiple complications of lung disease, from which he had suffered for years. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to honor him, the man who gave me my first beer, than by raising the money and running in his honor.
In training for this race, I was very fortunate that I work for Planned Property Management and have access to multiple high-rise Chicago apartment buildings to practice. For a short climb I would use 350 W. Oakdale near my home in East Lakeview. And if I needed a challenge, I would use 1120 N. LaSalle, 1111 N. Dearborn, or 1133 N. Dearborn in the Gold Coast.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to my PPM team for their encouraging words and, in many cases, donations. As I stood on the observation deck on the 94th floor after running up the stairs in less than 18 minutes (a personal best), I realized how grateful I am for everything I have, particularly my PPM family. Thank you!
No, Danny, THANK YOU. We are proud of you and appreciate everything you do for us and our residents, and your support of a good cause.
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