On Sunday, April 6, 2014, students from the Respiratory Therapy program participated in the Annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk on Virginia Beach. Florida National University (FNU) paired with the Pediatric Respiratory Care of South Florida which employs many of the graduates from FNU’s Respiratory Therapy program.
Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease that affects children at a young age. In the 1980s the life span for CF patients was only until the teenage years. Today, thanks to ongoing research, the life span for CF patients has increased to the late forties or fifties.
FNU’s administration and faculty were represented by Dr. Loreto Almonte, Professor Luis De Velasco, Professor Jose A Lammoglia, Yosmel Hernandez, a graduate from FNU’s RET program, and Alicia Perez Machado, an FNU Respiratory Therapy student. The family members of some of the students and professors also attended the event as entertainment was provided for the children. It was great to see family members providing support. Students present were: Mariangelis Atila, Ramon Alvarez, Annie Morales, Angela St. Fleur, Raul Quintana, Rose Marcial, and Yaime Alarcon.
For information on FNU’s Respiratory Therapy degree programs, please call Florida National University’s Office of Admissions at 305-821-3333.