Georgetown Firefighter to Climb American Lung Association’s ‘Race Up Boston Place’ to Honor Young Daughter with Asthma

Chris Conway climbs so that no parent has to watch their child struggle to breathe

WALTHAM, MA (December 7, 2012)

On February 2, more than 1,400 are expected to race to the top of One Boston Place to raise money for the American Lung Association of the Northeast. To date, 68 fire departments from all over New England, and as far as Maryland, have registered to Race Up Boston Place. Chris Conway will climb in full gear with his fellow firefighters from the Georgetown Fire Department. For Chris, his motivation is very personal; he climbs to honor his daughter Catherine, 4, who has struggled with asthma all of her life.

Chris Conway
Conway with daughter Catherine, now 4

Catherine was born five weeks premature. The doctors warned Chris and his wife that while she had no major medical issues, premature babies often face respiratory maladies. During her first winter, at just 9 months old, Catherine came down with pneumonia and was also diagnosed with pediatric asthma.

“You can’t even describe the feeling of watching your little child struggle to breathe,” said Conway. “They laugh and smile even though they can’t breathe, but as a parent it is the scariest thing in the world because there is nothing you can do.” Catherine was put on several medications and breathing treatments to manage her asthma. Her father says she gets better and better with every passing year. “Catherine is four and thriving.”

In Massachusetts alone, an estimated 128,580 children are diagnosed with pediatric asthma, and another 530,850 adults are living with the disease. In fact, asthma rates in Massachusetts are some of the highest in the country. The American Lung Association is committed to their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research, attracting some of the best asthma investigators worldwide.

“If by raising money for the American Lung Association, I can keep just one parent from staying up all night because their child can’t breathe, it is all worth it,” continues Conway. Donations can be made on behalf of Christopher Conway or the Georgetown Fire Department at www.climbofyourlife.org. Registration is available on the event site as well; participants are subject to a $35 fundraising fee and a $100 fundraising minimum due by event day.

The American Lung Association’s 8th annual 'Race Up Boston Place' is generously sponsored by CB Richard Ellis, Captivate Network, Poland Spring, 100.7 WZLX Boston, and Boston’s Mix 104.1. The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team sponsor, Kindred Healthcare. 

For more asthma resources, visit www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma.

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