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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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63 WINTER/SPRING 2018 O n May 7, 2015, longtime Uof L employee Steve Lindsey received a set of new lungs after an idio- pathic pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis threatened his life in 2013. On Feb. 3, 2018, just days after his 60th birthday, Lindsey participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb. This was the third time he completed the event, which entails a 38-floor, 768-step climb in the National City Tower downtown. Lindsey has been a Uof L employee for 35 years, starting as a program analyst I and working his way up to programmer IV. Since, the university has inextricably been a part of his life. He earned a bachelor's degree from Uof L in 2010 and his wife, Lisa, also works in the IT department at Miller IT Center. The two, who have been married for 22 years, established the George W. Springstube Scholarship to help provide support to a student attending the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. During the summer of 2010, Lindsey began noticing that his breathing was becoming a bit more laborious. One day it was so bad, a student asked him if he was okay. In the spring of 2013, Uof L's Jesse Roman, former professor and chair- man of the Department of Medicine, diagnosed him with idiopathic pul- monary fibrosis. There is no cure and many people live only about three to five years after diagnosis. In 2014, his condition worsened and Lindsey added his name to the organ transplant list. His call came around 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday after- noon in May 2015. He woke up the subsequent Saturday afternoon. "I heard Lisa say 'he's awake.' She then looked at me and told me it was TAKING FLIGHT UofL employee paying it back after double-lung transplant all right," Lindsey said, fighting back tears. "The only thing that kept me from losing it was Lisa being there and telling me it was okay." Lindsey hasn't experienced any post-transplant complications. In fact, he has thrived. Just six months after his double lung transplant, Lindsey ran his very first half marathon. Days later, he returned to work at Uof L. He has since completed six half marathons and has lost count of how many 5K races he's run. And, of course there's the Fight for Air Climb that has become an annual thing for not only Lindsey, but many of his Uof L colleagues as well, which has been especially meaningful. "Uof L has been a huge support to me during this and such a big part of my life for so long," Lindsey said. "I love being here. My friends are here. I am proud to be a part of it." Steve Lindsey, blue shirt center, celebrates the end of the 2018 Fight for Air Climb with his UofL colleagues.

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