BACF players tour Camden Clark Medical Center ER
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.
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.
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.