150 Firefighters Join Hundreds of Local Families for American Lung Association’s 7th Annual Fight For Air Climb Buffalo
Participants Climbed 24 Flights of Stairs to Raise Funds and Awareness for Lung Disease
(March 13, 2017) -
Buffalo, NY - Over 750 people turned out today for the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s 7th Annual Fight For Air Climb Buffalo, presented by Buffalo Medical Group. Teams and individuals walked or ran up 24 flights of stairs, or 470 steps, to the top of the Main Place Tower to raise funds and awareness for the Lung Association’s mission to support for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
Climbers included 150 local firefighters and first responders from fire departments throughout the western New York region who took part in the Firefighter Challenge, taking on the stairs while wearing full firefighter gear, weighing up to 50 lbs. The horde of over 600 civilian participants was made up of lung cancer survivors, lung disease sufferers, their caretakers and family members, health and fitness professionals and still others who made the climb in honor or in memory of a loved one.
One such participant, Bill Murray, Jr., made the climb in memory of his dad, Bill Murray Sr.. His team – Murray’s Marchers – made up of 7 family members, raised nearly $3000 doing it. He said, “We climb to honor the legacy of this dear man, and to help bring awareness to Pulmonary Fibrosis and other terrible lung diseases. Our involvement in this endeavor will keep us close to him as a family, but if our story can help someone with a lung disease then that can only add to Bill Murray’s legacy.”
“We are grateful to all of our participants who support our Fight For Air Climbs – but we are always especially touched to be joined by our first responders and those families that have been personally impacted by lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “When we look at the community built around the American Lung Association and take stock all the people and families that rely on the work we do, we are reminded that a world without lung disease is one worth fighting for.”
The event aimed to raise $175,000 for the Lung Association and is one a series of signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association, held in prominent skyscrapers across the country. Fight for Air climbs attract both elite athletes and novice stair climbers. Participants can choose to race, run, or walk up the stairs. All proceeds from the Fight For Air Climb will directly fund lung disease research, advocacy and education; including smoking cessation programs, COPD/asthma management, and advocacy for stronger clean air standards.
The American Lung Association’s 7th Annual Fight For Air Climb Buffalo, presented by Buffalo Medical Group, was also made possible with the support of Basil Family of Dealerships, the official sponsor of the Firefighter Challenge. Other local sponsors include advertising sponsor NFTA Metro, WGRZ News, Buffalo News REFRESH, Entercom Buffalo, Main Place Liberty Group national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare and national corporate sponsor Who Pneu.
About the American Lung Association of the Northeast
The American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. The American Lung Association in the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT.