All have severe emphysema, all need supplemental Oxygen…..All are avid walkers and Mike and Roxyln…… are actual Marathoners!!!!
Not only do Mike and Roxyln walk/run races with oxygen cylinders in tow, but they do it at 10,000 feet above sea level. As you can see in the pictures ,they have to carry multiple oxygen tanks to get them through their long treks.
Then there’s my friend John . He runs a popular COPD website from his home in the UK.
John was an avid mountain climber for 35 years before his lung disease put an end to it.
John has extremely severe emphysema , and at last report, had an FEV1 of only 15% ! As a Respiratory therapist and chronic lung patient myself, I find it incredible that someone with such a low FEV1 is able get a out of bed , let alone take one hour walks–, but John is an amazing person. He is currently awaiting on an experimental lung surgery which might buy him a little more time.
In my opinion, they are amazing people and true athletes . They have my utmost respect.