Wendi Koch

Wendi Koch of Niagara Falls is conscious about her health.  Having lost her father, Wayne, to lung cancer when she was only 24 years old, she made the decision to do what she could to take control of her health, and to do her part to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

“My father was only 46 years old when he died from lung cancer,” says Koch. “He was a hugely important part of my life and it was devastating to me and the rest of my family to lose him at such a young age and a time when he had so much life yet to live.  Lung cancer took so much away from our family.”

“I am so excited about the Fight for Air Climb,” says Wendi. “Not only does this sound like a fun and physically challenging event, it is personally meaningful to me. I know that the funds I am raising are going to help bring us closer to finding better treatments and cures for lung cancer and other lung diseases, and that’s important to me.”

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in New York State and across the nation.  The Lung Association is working to change that. Through its Nationwide Research and Grants Program, the organization funds research that focuses on preventing lung cancer, increasing the five-year survival rate and reducing morbidity and mortality.

As a mother and a teacher who, at times, talks about how important it is to get involved in things that make a positive difference in our world, Koch feels it’s important for her to practice what she preaches and set a positive example.

“One person can make a difference – and by joining together in a fundraising event like the Fight for Air Climb, we can make a major difference,” says Koch. “It feels good to know that I am doing something that will support other families affected by lung cancer. And I am so grateful to those who are supporting me in this effort; it truly means a lot.”

On March 10, Koch will be climbing with her team of family and friends, Run 4 Life.  Wendi’s boyfriend, Mark, who first inspired her to compete in fitness events is serving as team captain.  She’s also excited to have her son, Jeremy, climbing with her.  And team Run 4 Life is continuing to recruit new members to join their Fight for Air.

This is the second year the Fight for Air Climb will be held at Buffalo’s One HSBC Center.  There’s still time to register, join or form a team, support a climber or make a general donation.

To register or donate, click here:  http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/ny/buffalo-climb-fy12/