Westerly Firefighter Preparing to "Peak the Plaza" Again This February

Carl Johnson, of Dunn's Corner Fire Department, was highest individual fundraiser in 2012

(October 4, 2012)

The American Lung Association of the Northeast will return to Providence for the 5th annual “Peak the Plaza” Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, February 23. Carl Johnson, of the Dunn’s Corners Fire Department, in Westerly, was the highest individual fundraiser last year, raising $2,640. The department as a whole raised $5,000.

The 2013 Fight for Air Climb in Providence will be Carl’s fourth consecutive year as a participant. “I came across a flyer for the 2010 event and was immediately interested, as so many firefighters have to contend with lung health issues. I was going to participate as an individual, and ended up climbing with four others that year,” said Carl of his first year.

When asked how he achieved so much success in his fundraising endeavors, Carl attributed much of it to email campaigns and social networking. He explained that by simply reaching out and asking friends, family, loved ones, and peers; he was met with overwhelming support. As a matter of fact, in the three years that Carl has participated in Peak the Plaza, he has been the highest individual fundraiser twice.

To support the Dunn's Corner Fire Department, visit their team fundraising page at www.Lung.org. Donations can be made on behalf of the team. or in the name of any individual climber. The team of firefighters from Westerly will also compete for the coveted firefighter trophy, to be taken home by the team with the fastest average time.

The American Lung Association’s “Peak the Plaza” Fight for Air Climb, held annually at One Financial Plaza in downtown Providence, boasts 597 stairs. Participants will race, run, or walk to the top in support of lung health. Registration is just $35; all climbers are required to raise a minimum of $100, due by event day.

More than 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease including lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and emphysema. The American Lung Association reinvests 78 on every dollar to support their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

Sponsors for the 2013 Providence Fight for Air Climb include Kindred Healthcare, One Financial Plaza, Amica Insurance, WJAR NBC10, and Rí Rá Irish Pub Providence. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels; please contact Elise at ekerrigan@LungNE.org for more information.

Those who register before October 31 are eligible for $10 off their registration fee and a one-of-a-kind early bird t-shirt. Visit fightforairclimb.org to register; to receive the discounted rate, simply enter discount code “upne42” at checkout.

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