Hustle Up the Hancock: Robert Senander | News | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Loyola lung transplant patient to do Hustle up the Hancock

Man makes full recovery to do climb with doctors and nurses who cared for him

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Feb. 2, 2015) – Robert Senander, 69, of Winfield, Ill., made headlines last year when he became one of five people to undergo a lung transplant at Loyola University Health System in little more than 24 hours. This was the first time in Illinois that five successful lung transplants have been performed in such a short time.

Before his transplant, Mr. Senander had been fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2009. This is a disease marked by scarring of the lungs and difficulty breathing. There is no cure and most people only live three to five years after diagnosis. 

Mr. Senander used supplemental oxygen for five years before undergoing a successful lung transplant that saved his life. 

In a matter of weeks and less than a year after his transplant, he will take to the steps of the John Hancock Center for Hustle up the Hancock. Mr. Senander will be joined by the doctors and nurses who cared for him in the hospital. They will climb 94 flights of stairs to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.

"Mr. Senander embodies what it means to take charge of your health and well-being," said Jennifer Johnson, RN, lung procurement coordinator, LUHS. "It has been a source of joy for me to see his transformation from feeling ill and waiting for a lung transplant to accepting the challenge of charging up the stairs to improve respiratory health for others in need. I look forward to climbing the stairs with him and cheering him on along the way."

Mr. Senander began training for the climb in December with wellness specialists who monitored his vitals to ensure he didn’t overexert himself. Mr. Senander worked out four to five times a week using a combination of cardiovascular and weight-training exercises to get in shape. His goal is to complete the climb in two hours. 

"I am grateful to the doctors and nurses who cared for me and look forward to climbing with them in honor of organ donors and those suffering from lung disease," Mr. Senander said. 

Hustle up the Hancock will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at 7 am. More than 4,000 climbers are expected to attend. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.