Springfield Man Participates in the Fight for Air Climb for Son With Cystic Fibrosis | American Lung Association

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Springfield Man Participates in the Fight for Air Climb for Son With Cystic Fibrosis

(October 27, 2014)

Springfield, MA - Jeff Blais and the rest of his “Team Zack,” will trek their way to the top of Monarch Place to help the American Lung Association of the Northeast spread their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

On Sunday, November 8, Blais and his team will climb the 48 flights of stairs to raise funds that will help support people like his son, Zachary, who has Cystic Fibrosis and faces the need of a lung transplant. He is actively being evaluated, but hasn’t been listed for a transplant yet. Blais hopes that his participation in the climb will help the American Lung Association change the perception that lung diseases only affects smokers. The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to raise awareness and funds to fight all lung diseases. 

Zachary was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth and has been battling the disease ever since.  Even with his challenges, Blais said his son has always been his biggest supporter when he participates in charitable events. “He’s always involved. He feels really proud to have so many people who support him,” Blais said. Depending on Zachary’s health, he will be at the Fight for Air Climb to cheer on his father and the rest of the team.

After participating in the climb last year, Blais said he’s up for the physical challenge again. “It’s a physically demanding experience. I’ve done bike rides and runs, but this is the most grueling. It’s probably the closest thing you can experience to what someone with lung disease must go through on a daily basis, it’s that incredible,” he said.

Blais said finishing the climb is a rewarding feeling. “To reach that top step and see your teammates, it’s a great feeling. It’s a really impressive feeling of accomplishment to make that climb,” Blais said.

The first climber will take off at 9 a.m. at 1414 Main Street. The after party and awards ceremony will be held at MVP in the Sheraton Hotel, which is located inside Monarch Place. For more information contact Danielle Ferrari, event manager at SpringfieldClimb@LungNE.org or at 860.838.4371

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