Barrington Woman Will Climb with American Lung Association in Honor of Aunt Battling Lung Cancer

February 22 event raises money to support nonprofit’s mission

(January 3, 2014)

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Annemarie Holly (right) is pictured with her Aunt Gina.

On February 22, more than 900 people are expected to climb the stairs of the 22-floor Omni Providence Hotel in downtown Providence as part of the American Lung Association’s 6th annual Fight for Air Climb. Among those climbing the stairs will be Annemarie Holly of Barrington, who is captaining the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge’s team.  Holly has been involved with the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge for four years and this will be her third year participating in the Fight For Air Climb and climbing with the team. This year’s climb takes on extra meaning for Holly who will be climbing in honor of her aunt, Gina Galanoplos, who was diagnosed with lung cancer this past June.

 “It’s been a rough ride for my Aunt Gina and for our family these past several months and I’m really looking forward to climbing in her honor.  It’s a great way for me, and those who support me, to show her that a lot of people love her and care about her.  The more people we have supporting this event and this cause, the more we can do to fight lung disease.”

“The Fight for Air Climb is about people coming together and doing something that offers real hope for better treatments and cures for lung cancer and for all lung diseases,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “All the money we raise at the event supports our research, education and advocacy efforts to fulfill our mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.  We couldn’t do nearly as much without the support of the community and all who take the time to come out and be a part of our event.”

Registration for the 2014 Fight for Air Climb in Providence is now open at The event is open to people of all fitness abilities. Climbers can compete as individuals or form teams.  The event includes a special Firefighter Challenge where teams of firefighters from the local area and beyond compete by racing to the top of the building while wearing full turnout gear.  Medals and trophies are awarded to the fastest teams in several categories at the afterparty that is held immediately after the climb at Rí Rá Irish Pub, just a short walk from the Omni Providence Hotel.  Recognition is also given to top fundraisers.  The Lung Association encourages individuals and families to participate. They also welcome Cross Fit teams, law enforcement and healthcare professionals to form teams and compete against one another.  All participants must individually raise a minimum of $100 by the day of the climb.

The 2014 Fight for Air Climb: Providence is made possible because of the generous support of its sponsors: Omni Hotel & Resorts, Rí Rá Irish Pub, Amica Insurance, MetLife, Genentech, LGC&D, Absolute Respiratory Care, Fidelity Investments, WJAR, NBC 10, and Coastline Medical. To register or make a donation, visit To make a donation in support of Annemarie Holly, visit