Clinton Resident Participates in Lung Association’s Fourth Annual Fight for Air Climb in New Haven | American Lung Association

Clinton Resident Participates in Lung Association’s Fourth Annual Fight for Air Climb in New Haven

(February 10, 2015)

When Barbara Corcoran of Clinton Connecticut prepares to climb the 32 flights of stairs for the Fight for Air Climb: New Haven, she holds on to the memory of her mother, Talbina “Tilly” Benavides who passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

“The American Lung Association is pleased to be returning to the 360 State Street building,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Our Fight for Air Climbs not only provide a unique experience for participants and volunteers, they remind people why maintaining healthy lungs is so important and why proper funding is needed to help individuals like Barbara’s mother. We would like to thank Barbara for her dedication to spreading the Lung Association’s mission.,” Seyler said.

Corcoran will participate in the American Lung Association’s fourth annual Fight for Air Climb: New Haven on Saturday, February 28 at 360 State Street.  Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race," teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.

“My mom had terrible issues with her breathing when she had COPD,” said Corcoran.  “After watching her go through that, I wanted to find a way to help other people with the same disease. That’s what drives me.,” Corcoran said.

Corcoran said many people in her family battled with a smoking addiction, along with her mother. “They’re from a different generation where a lot of people smoked for many years without thinking of how harmful it is for you,” Corcoran said.

While Corcoran was hesitant to do the climb last year, this year she is determined to climb and is preparing to beat her time by keeping it under seven minutes. The average finish time for the Fight for Air Climb in New Haven last year was six minutes and 56 seconds.  “I really think everyone should get involved in this event and if you’re having doubts or feel like you can’t complete this, know that it’s attainable,” Corcoran said.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first climber will start at 9 a.m. To find out more or register for the Fight for Air Climb: New Haven visit or contact Danielle Ferrari, Event Manager at or 860.838.4371. The Fight for Air Climb: New Haven is proudly sponsored by Elm City Market, O’Tooles Irish Pub & Restaurant, Poland Springs, Telemundo, Channel 3, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 360 Street, AMP Radio Network and Radio 104.1 WMRQ. 

Ask An Expert

Questions about your lung health? Need help finding healthcare? Call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Get help
We need your generous support

Make a difference by delivering research, education and advocacy to those impacted by lung disease.


LUNG FORCE unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together in the fight against lung cancer.

Get involved
Join the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.
Donate Now.