Brockton Firefighters Gearing Up to Race Up Boston Place for Lung Association’s 2013 Fight for Air Climb

February 2 event raises money to fight lung disease

(October 15, 2012)

William Hill and the team of Brockton Firefighters Local 144 he climbs with at the Lung Association’s annual Fight for Air Climb in Boston take special pride in coming from the “City of Champions,” where boxing legends including Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler got their start.  Even though 2012 was the team’s first year participating in the Climb, they raised $7,475 to support the Lung Association’s fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.  This was more than any other fire company raised and the third highest amount raised by a team overall.  They were also the seventh fastest team out of the 65 teams of firefighters from the Bay State and beyond who competed in the event’s Firefighter Challenge. Come February 2, the Brockton team hopes to be number one in fundraising and in speed. 

When asked how the Local 144’s participation in the Climb came about, Hill says he found out about the event from another department they compete against in a charity road race each year. He then asked a few guys from his department about signing up, and it mushroomed from there.  In their first year, the team had 16 members.  He expects to have even more members sign up in 2013.

"All of us on the department are first responders and we respond to all medical emergencies in the city" says Hill, who is the team captain. “Because of that, we’re very aware of the number of people in our community who suffer from lung disease and struggle to breathe.  Calls to help people with lung disease or those who are having trouble breathing are of course one of the most serious type of medical calls we receive.  Participating in this event is another way for us to support the people we serve in our community every day.  It’s a great cause and we’re proud to support an organization that is dedicated to improving lung health.”

The funds raised at the Fight for Air Climb support the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The more than century-old charity hopes to raise $365,000 at the Race Up Boston Place event this year to help fund research to treat, prevent and cure lung diseases and support efforts including clean air and tobacco control advocacy; asthma education for families and schools; and smoking prevention and cessation services.

The Fight for Air Climb at One Boston Place begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 2.  Participants will race, run or walk up the building’s 789 stairs.  The event is generously sponsored by CB Richard Ellis, Captivate Network, Poland Spring and 100.7 WZLX, Mix 104.1.  The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team sponsor, Kindred Healthcare. 

Those who would like to join the Brockton Firefighters and the other 1,300 plus participants expected to take part can register at fightforairclimb.org . Those who sign up online by October 31 will get a break on the registration fee and receive an official early bird t-shirt by using the code upne42 when they register. The participant registration fee is $35 ($50 on the day of the event).  Early birds save $10. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100.   Those meeting the minimum fundraising requirement will receive official 2013 Fight for Air Climb t-shirts.  

To learn more about the Fight for Air Climb at One Boston Place, visit fightforairclimb.org.  Those with questions about participating in the event or sponsorship should contact Erin Hickey at (781) 314-9005 or bostonclimb@LungNE.org.