Firefighter Challenges Part of Fight for Air Climbs in NYC & Philadelphia

Climb with the Lung Association in NY on Jan 21 or in Philly on March 24

The American Lung Association holds Fight for Air Climbs at skyscrapers all across the country to raise money for its mission to save lives by preventing lung disease and improving lung health. Firefighters have an opportunity to join the fight against lung disease, which disproportionately affects their own members, by participating in two special Firefighter Challenges being held in New York City and Philadelphia this year.  

Fight for Air Climbs are extreme events which challenge participants to draw upon their lung capacity to reach the top floor of some of the country’s highest buildings.  Yet firefighters competing in the Firefighter Challenge will be put to an even greater test: How quickly can team members reach the top floor while wearing turnout gear?

Past challenge participants agree that what makes these events so fun is the ability to compete against other firefighters and departments in a contest that’s like no other.  All event participants agree that what makes them rewarding is the knowledge that their efforts to fight lung disease are helping to save lives today and keep more Americans healthy tomorrow.

New York’s second annual Fight for Air Climb in New York City is a 55-flight climb and will be held on Saturday January 21 at One Penn Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. Philadelphia’s Fight for Air Climb is a 53-flight climb and will be held on March 24 at Three Logan Square – one of the premier architectural landmarks in the city. There’s still time to participate in either or both of these events.  Firefighters can compete as individual firefighters or form department teams.  Awards are given for both the fastest individual firefighter and the fastest team.

 “The Lung Association is working every day to save lives by preventing lung disease and improving lung health,” said New York board chair Irwin Berlin, M.D. “This event is a way for the community to support our work and help raise awareness about lung diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer which rob so many of their quality of life and often cut lives short.”

“There are two reasons I climbed in the ‘Fight for Air’ Climb in Philadelphia,” says Jaime Cheng, a participant of last year’s Climb.  “To celebrate my father’s memory and raise money for this cause.”  She adds, “Lung disease, in its many forms, is debilitating and it limits people from living their lives. All of the work done by the American Lung Association is very important.”

 
To register or get more information on Firefighter Challenges being held nationwide, visit FightForAirClimb.org or call 212-889-3370 x 13 or 610-941-9595 x 104.