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Local Actress Kicks Smoking Addiction and Fights for Air with the American Lung Association

(February 11, 2015) -

Kathryn Shasha, of Bethany, smoked cigarettes for two decades, but two years ago she made the decision to quit the addiction. As a way to celebrate her new lifestyle, Shasha decided to participate in the fourth annual Fight for Air Climb: New Haven. She’ll be climbing in New Haven for the second time with the Lung Association on Saturday, February 28 at 360 State Street.

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.  Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the first climber will begin at 9 a.m. The local actress will climb the 360 State Building with hundreds of other participants.

Shasha has spent most of her life as an actress; appearing in over 30 commercials such as the currently running Universal Hotel Liquidators.  She also plays lead roles in several web series such as the SNL spoof-type-show “Pizzer Makers” and more recently as FBI agent Cable in the award winning Drama Series “Family Problems."  This past summer she played the lead role of Claire in the Independent film “Losing Face." Shasha has an extensive career in feature film roles and appearances as well spanning the decade.

After smoking for 20 years Shasha said she decided to quit in 2012 for her 3 year-old daughter, Mattia.  She said she wanted to be around as long as possible for her and knew that smoking was taking a toll on her health. Her father-in-law, Pat Vessicchio, passed away from lung cancer several years before. “Getting lung cancer has always been one of my biggest fears. I decided to participate in the climb because it’s a great way to exercise and it is a good reminder of why I quit smoking in the first place,” said Shasha, who picked up her first cigarette at 11 years-old.

Participating in the climb for the first time last year, Shasha said she’s hoping to keep her climb time under nine minutes. “I’m feeling good about it. It’s a new year and time to re-boot,” Shasha said.

To find out more about the Fight for Air Climb: New Haven or to register visit www.fightforairclimb.org or e-mail Event Manager, Danielle Ferrari at [email protected] The Fight for Air Climb: New Haven is proudly sponsored by Elm City Market, O’Tooles Irish Pub & Restaurant, Poland Spring, Telemundo, Channel 3, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 360 Street, AMP Radio Network and Radio 104.1 WMRQ. 

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