Ian Piet and Senator Hastings Hustle for a Cure

Posted: 1/13/2017

Tinley Park, IL - A local sixth grader from Central Middle School, Ian Piet, and Senator Michael Hastings (D-Frankfort) are preparing to climb 1,632 stairs in the John Hancock Center during Respiratory Health Association's 20th anniversary Hustle Up the Hancock on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

 The pair have been working together over the past year to fight lung cancer. Piet lost his father in 2015 to the disease, motivating him and his mother, Holli, to become Respiratory Health Association advocates and fundraisers for a cure. On behalf of the Piets, Hastings introduced a resolution in the Illinois Senate to declare November 2016 Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

"I'm excited to join Ian and his team on this 94-story adventure," said Senator Hastings. "It's inspirational to see Ian's serious commitment to honoring his father by finding a cure for lung cancer."

Nearly 4,000 participants will be part of up the Hustle Up the Hancock event, which raises $1 million annually. The proceeds support Respiratory Health Association's local efforts to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research and policy change.

Piet's team for the Hustle event, Research for Cures!, has a goal of raising $3,000 and awareness about lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma, diseases that affect an estimated one million people in metropolitan Chicago. Visit hustleupthehancock.org for more information and to join Piet and Hastings at the climb.

"Being part of Hustle Up the Hancock last year was really fun," said Piet. "I hope to get to the top even faster and raise more money this year. RHA is helping people who have lung cancer like my dad did. I want to do everything I can to help find a cure."