KC’s Fitness Will Again Step Up for the Lung Association at Buffalo Fight For Air Climb

Fight for Air Climb at One Seneca Tower on March 8 Raises Funds To Support Lung Health

kc fitness photoThe American Lung Association of the Northeast will host its 4th annual Fight for Air Climb at One Seneca Tower in Buffalo on Saturday, March 8.  Among the hundreds of participants and dozens of teams climbing at the event this year will be the team representing KC’s Fitness, a gym at 1 Symphony Circle in Buffalo that is dedicated to motivating and educating its members to take better care of themselves.  The team is captained by Kevin Cunningham, the owner of KC’s Fitness who describes his gym as “one that’s neither a stranger to competition nor to giving back through charity events.”  The team from KC’s Fitness is one of the event’s largest teams with 25 members; it’s also one of the top fundraising teams having raised almost $5,000. 

“This will be our second year participating in the climb as a gym and we are more pumped up than ever,” says Kevin Cunningham.  “It’s a great event that is fun to be a part of and it couldn’t be for a better cause.  

Cunningham noted that in October, one of KC Fitness’s own gym members succumbed to lung cancer at 37 years of age.  “She was a nonsmoker and a great athlete, not to mention a wonderful, vibrant person. We hope the message that lung cancer can touch any one of us is heard loud and clear so we can beat this disease and give lung cancer patients and their families greater hope,” Cunningham continued.

Cunningham said that KC’s first became involved in the Fight for Air Climb last year after being approached by Lung Association staff. The self-described “smaller gym” quickly put together a team of 22 runners just three weeks before the event.   After participating last year and having such a great time, Cunningham says he and his members are happy to climb again. 

“Participating in events like the Fight for Air Climb are  empowering because they encourage us to take positive steps and help change the things that are in our control,” says Cunningham, who noted that one team member will be climbing at a weight 50 pounds lighter than last year.  “This event is refreshing because it’s all about people coming together to have fun and help in their own way.”  

“The Lung Association is grateful to have partners like KC’s Fitness supporting our Fight For Air Climb and raising the money we need help us fulfill our mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “It’s because of people in the community joining together with us that we will one day succeed in achieving our vision of a world free of lung disease.”

This is the fourth year the Lung Association is hosting its Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo.  Last year the event drew approximately 400 participants, including more than 35 who competed in a separate firefighter challenge. The Lung Association is expecting 500 plus climbers this year and hopes to raise $120,000. Participants race or walk up the building’s 38 flights (800 stairs) to raise money to fight lung disease.

The Buffalo Fight for Air Climb is generously sponsored by Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Buffalo News, WGRZ-TV, Best Fitness, Erie County Fire Chief's Mutual Aid Organization, Fleet Feet Sports, Genentech, One Seneca Tower, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the Depew Fire Department and the New York Institute of Massage. The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare.

Registration is $35 and all participants are expected to raise a minimum of $100. For more information, or to register for the Fight for Air Climb at One Seneca Tower, visit ClimbofYourLife.org. To make a donation in support of the KC Fitness Team, visit go.lungne.org/KCfitness2014.