BACF players tour Camden Clark Medical Center ER

Photo by Jess Mancini Susan Abdella, director of emergency services at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, explains the functions in the Emergency Department to players in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis football game.

PARKERSBURG — Players in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Wednesday learned why they fight.

About two dozen football players on the West Virginia and Ohio teams toured the Emergency Department at Camden Clark Medical Center and received a short description of the signs and treatments of the lung disease.

The 25th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Bill Hanlin Stadium at St. Marys High School.

Wednesday’s tour included demonstrations of pulmonology testing used for the detection of cystic fibrosis and other lung ailments.

Dalton Houser, a wide out and free safety from St. Marys, playing for the West Virginia team, underwent a lung-capacity test. The tour was worthwhile, he said.

Photo by Jess Mancini West Virginia players are reflected in a mirror as they tour the Emergency Department at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center with Susan Abdella, director of emergency services. The benefit game will be held 7 p.m. Friday at St. Marys High School.

The individual teams were given a tour of the emergency department by Susan Abdella, director of emergency services, and June Kuhn, nurse manager, of Camden Clark. The tour included the trauma rooms, special procedures for cardiac patients and the decontamination area in the event of exposure to toxic substances.

Susan Aufdencamp, director of respiratory therapy at Camden Clark, explained the disease and how it affects the lungs, including how an X-ray of clear lungs compared to lungs of a patient with cystic fibrosis.

“You can see it looks really cloudy,” she said.

Nick Miller of Shenandoah High School, a tailback, said he learned Wednesday of the severity of cystic fibrosis.

“It’s a serious disease,” he said.

Photo by Jess Mancini From the left, Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis football game director Jodi Mote watches as Jessica Cooper prepares Cameron Camp of the Ohio team for a test on Wednesday during a tour of the Emergency Department at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and presentation on cystic fibrosis. At the far right is Ethan Lively. The game is 7 p.m. Friday at St. Marys High School.

Head coach of the West Virginia squad is Mike Byus, head coach of the Parkersburg High School Big Red football squad. Coaching the Ohio side is Mike Flannery, head coach at River High School. The game is under the directorship of Jodi Mote, St. Marys High School athletic director and head football coach.

The three accompanied the teams during Wednesday’s pre-game tour.

Tickets remain for the game. Ohio won the 2017 contest, 50-33.

Who will win Friday?

It will be a close game, but “We have a pretty big line,” Miller said.

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