East Windsor Family Fights Together for Father with Lung Cancer
(June 10, 2015)
Before Alyssa Chase left for her vacation to Italy, she expected to be finishing with last minute packing and making sure she had her passport. However, news that her father, Chris, had lung cancer was something she couldn’t prepare for. To support her father and others like him, Alyssa, her brother, Nick and mother, Lisa, will climb the 731 steps of City Place I on Saturday, April 25 in the Fight for Air Climb: Hartford. Chris will also be climbing the day of the event.
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.
The Chase family, of East Windsor, found out about Chris’s diagnosis after he thought he had pneumonia. “I remember thinking it wasn’t a good thing that he had pneumonia and then the day before I left for Italy, I came home and everyone was crying and I knew he had cancer,” Alyssa said. The news came as a shock to the family because Chris was never a smoker. “We just couldn’t believe that this would happen to him because he never smoked before. But he’s a fighter and will get through this.”
When she returned from her trip, Alyssa began to search for lung cancer fundraisers and found the Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb: Hartford. She quickly formed a team to participate and created a Facebook page, “Chase for the Cure,” and watched the support pour in. “We were so surprised with how many people wanted to help our family.”
Alyssa also designed bracelets which she distributed for a donation and raised over $700 to donate to the Lung Association for lung disease research. She sold over 200 bracelets in two weeks. Alyssa says she finds the inspiration to fundraise from her father’s strength. “He’s never let his cancer stop him. He is still working as a contractor and doing the things he loves to do like doing yard work and working on projects in his wood shop.”
“Families like the Chases are one of the many reasons the Lung Association strives to enhance research, advocacy and awareness for lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler CEO & President of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “To see an entire family band together to help Chris is inspiring. While no one deserves lung cancer, it’s important to understand that smoking is not the only way to get the disease. The Lung Association is honored to have Chris and his family climbing with us in Hartford and we look forward to seeing all of them at future climbs.”
The Fight for Air Climb: Hartford is sponsored by City Place I, Kelser Corporation, The Mercy Community, Z-Medica, Aetna, Hospital for Special Care, Webster Bank, Tecton Architects, Qualidigm, Telemundo, American Medical Response, The Russian Lady, WFSP Channel 3 News, AMP Radio Network, Radio 104.1 WMRQ, United Healthcare, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and Poland Spring. An awards ceremony will be held at The Russian Lady located at 191 Ann Uccello Street immediately following the event. Registration opens promptly at 8 a.m. and the first climber takes off at 9 a.m. The first firefighter will take off at approximately 11:00 a.m. when the separate Firefighter Challenge begins. To register or to find out more information contact Event Manager Joy Morse at 860.838.4377 or e-mail HartfordClimb@LungNE.org.