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Fight for Air Climb in Rochester, NY Draws in International Participants

(November 10, 2014)

(Rochester, NY)— Each year the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb brings out thousands of participants. However, the Fight for Air Climb: Rochester attracts climbers from both sides of the border.  

Ed Badida and Daryl Mallett, both of Ontario, Canada, travel to participate in the Fight for Air Climb in Rochester annually. For Badida, fitness has always been important, but with limited local events locally, he started getting involved in climbs throughout the United States. “I love the competitive aspect of it and the fact that you can get it done pretty quickly,” Badida said.


Badida and Mallett will climb the 400 stairs to make it to the top of One Bausch & Lomb Place on Saturday November 15, 2014. The first climber will take off at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Badida also shares a personal connection to the American Lung Association’s mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.  His grandmother, Mary, died from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke. “She was never a smoker but her brothers and father were heavy chain smokers,” he said. Badida said his grandmother’s lung cancer diagnosis is a prime example of the misconception that only smokers get lung cancer.

“With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Ed’s climb is all the more meaningful since he is climbing with his grandmother in mind,” Jeff Seyler CEO & President of the American Lung Association of the Northeast said.  “The American Lung Association is so grateful to have the support of Ed, Daryl and all of our climbers who will be joining them.  The support of the community is what enables us to raise awareness about lung health, prevent lung disease and do even more to help families like Ed’s who have faced or are facing lung cancer.”

As a personal goal, each time he participates in a climb, Badida strives to stay close to his time from the previous year. He trains about 10 hours per week and does a variety of workouts to keep his momentum throughout the climb. Last year, he was the climb’s fastest climber in Rochester and Buffalo. 

“The Fight for Air Climb allows me to keep a certain focus and drive. If I see I’m able to maintain a certain time from my previous year, it gives me a certain sense of gratification,” Badida said.

Mallett, a firefighter will participate in the Fight for Air Climb: Rochester with fellow firefighter Dave Posthumus; both have been active firefighters for 20 years.

Mallett said the two are participating in the climb to help raise awareness that taking care to protect your lung health is important, especially for firefighters. “I can remember when I first started (as a firefighter) I wouldn’t wear my mask or my breathing apparatus during overhaul and salvage. We’ve learned since then that there’s a lot of bad stuff in smoke that we shouldn’t be breathing in,” he said.

On a personal level, Mallett said he and Posthumus also have a co-worker who has been placed on a lung transplant list.

“I think it’s great that they have these climbs all over the United States. Not only do they help raise awareness about lung cancer among the public, they provide a great way to stay fit,” Mallett said.

 For more information contact Annalise de Zoete, Development Manager at 585-666-1402 or



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