Smithfield Pharmaceutical Company Forms Team to Participate in the Fight for Air Climb: Providence | American Lung Association

Smithfield Pharmaceutical Company Forms Team to Participate in the Fight for Air Climb: Providence

(January 21, 2015)

(Providence, RI)— When Crystal LaMarche agreed to be the team captain for the HemoGlobin Trotters team, company sponsored by Alexion, in the Fight for Air Climb: Providence, she decided she was going to dive in headfirst. LaMarche was determined to build a strong team that could give back to the Lung Association, either through participation or fundraising. 

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.

LaMarche and the other 14 members of the Alexion team will climb the 348 steps of the Omni Providence Hotel on Saturday, March 28, 2014. The Omni Hotel is located on One West Exchange Street.  About 1,000 participants are expected, including firefighters in full gear. Awards will be given at the after-party at Union Station Brewery.

LaMarche said her colleagues are always looking for a fun, physical activity to participate in together and after finishing the CVS Health Downtown 5K noticed a Lung Association tent and decided to sign up for the Fight for Air Climb. “None of us knew if we could do a stair race, but we wanted to try something different,” LaMarche said. 

Besides participating in a physical activity, LaMarche can personally connect with the Lung Association’s mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease because she and her son have asthma and her grandmother died from COPD.  “The fact the organization exists is critical.  It’s important to me because I can go to the website and learn how to help control my asthma. If there’s education and awareness at every age and level, it can only get better because of events like this,” LaMarche said. 

While spreading the word about the event, LaMarche said she’s tried to encourage her coworkers to either join the team or make a donation. 

“Our Fight for Air Climbs help to bring together an eclectic group of people who are all invested in raising awareness and the funds for improving lung health and preventing lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler, CEO and President for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “As November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, we are dedicated to spreading our mission through various programs and educational tools. We are truly grateful to all of our participants in our Fight for Air Climb: Providence; it’s teams like the HemoGlobin Trotters who help our organization raise awareness about lung cancer.&rdquo

LaMarche said she’s hoping her team will continue to grow in numbers. Alexion will help LaMarche to get the word out to her fellow employees. 

To register or learn more about the Fight for Air Climb: Providence visit or contact Daniel Bowler, Manager of Development at You can now for $35 along with a $100 fundraising minimum per person. The Fight for Air Climb: Providence is proudly sponsored by WJAR NBC 10, iHeartMedia, Omni Hotels & Resorts, MetLife, Amica, Absolute Respiratory Care, GTECH, Coastline EMS & Union Station Brewery. 

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