Mercy High School Senior Uses Beauty Pageant Win to Promote the American Lung Association’s Mission at the Fight for Air Climb: Hartford | American Lung Association

Mercy High School Senior Uses Beauty Pageant Win to Promote the American Lung Association’s Mission at the Fight for Air Climb: Hartford

(April 8, 2015)

Seventeen year-old Savannah Giammarco, of Middletown, is conquering much more than graduating high school and passing her final exams these days. Giammarco is Miss CT Teen USA’s newest winner and she is planning on using her new platform to help the American Lung Association raise funds for lung disease in the Fight for Air Climb: Hartford on Saturday, April 25 at City Place 1.

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.

Savannah’s grandmother, Donna Lacovella, suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder or COPD. “I always remember her having a hard time breathing and her struggles were what made me aware of the American Lung Association and its efforts to improve lung health and prevent lung disease,” Giammarco said.  

This year, will be Savannah’s third year participating in the 731-stair climb. “My family and I really appreciate the Lung Association creating these events that really can appeal to everyone. This is such a unique event and exercise is really trendy right now; the Fight for Air Climb gets people involved in a good cause in an active way,” Giammarco said. Donna has attended the climb to support her granddaughter and appreciates Giammarco’s willingness to help others in similar situations to hers. “One year she came my mom and I were climbing together and we decided to take a break on one of the floors because we were so tired; on that floor was a LUNG CHAMPION poster with my grandmother’s picture on it, that gave us the extra push to keep going,” Giammarco said.

“The Lung Association is honored to have Savannah participate in our Fight for Air Climb in Hartford,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “It’s admirable to see someone Savannah’s age getting involved and giving back to her community and to support Donna and her battle with COPD. Hopefully, Savannah’s story will inspire other young people to get involved and learn more about the importance of lung health. We look forward to working with Savannah and wish her well on her future endeavors,” Seyler said.

A senior at Mercy High School, Giammarco said she’s always participated in pageant-like events. “They weren’t necessarily beauty pageants, the events taught us about social causes, public speaking and getting involved in our communities,” she said. The Miss CT Teen USA pageant was her first, official beauty pageant. “I thought it would be good experience, so I was so surprised when I won,” she said.  She will compete for the Miss Teen USA title this August.

Giammarco said she plans to use her new title as Miss CT Teen USA to help promote the Lung Association’s mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. “I believe it’s important for people to be involved in their community. To be a well-informed member of society fights ignorance and fighting ignorance is to be educated,” Giammarco said.

Registration for the Fight for Air Climb: Hartford begins at 8 a.m. and the first climber will start at 9 a.m. For more information or to register for the climb visit For additional information please contact Joy Morse, Event Manager at 860.838.4377 or e-mail The Fight for Air Climb is proudly sponsored by City Place, Kelser Excellence in I.T., The Mercy Community, Z-Medica, Webster Bank, Tecton Architects, Qualidigm, Telemenundo, American Medical Response, The Tavern Downtown, WFSP Channel 3 News, AMP Radio Network, Radio 104.1 WMRQ, United Healthcare, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Whole Foods Glastonbury, and Poland Spring.

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