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Massachusetts fitness club forms team to help the American Lung Association fight lung disease in the Fight for Air Climb: Providence

(March 13, 2015)

The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb: Providence is one of many fitness challenges the members of f.i.t. first in training in Bellingham, Massachusetts will participate in this year. According to Debra Dushku, co-owner of f.i.t. and team captain of team f.i.t. RECKONING, the 348-step stair climb, which will take place at the Omni Providence Hotel on Saturday, March 28, is one of the most unique and challenging events the group has signed up for. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend, including more than 200 firefighters in full gear. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the first climber will start at 9 a.m. 

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. Many participants use it as a way to honor a family member that has been affected by lung disease. 

“It’s been amazing to hear the feedback from people on and off our team who appreciate us participating in the Fight for Air Climb because either they or someone they know has been affected by lung diseases,” Dushku said. team f.i.t. RECKONING has also received significant support in monetary donations for the Lung Association to use to help fund lung disease research. The team set a goal of $10,000 and has already surpassed their goal reaching $10,484, making them the highest fundraising team to date. “Our team has been lucky enough to be given the support of ryka The entire team will wear ryka athletic shoes provided especially for this event. Such an amazing gesture for them to offer their support for such an incredible cause.” 

“The Lung Association would like to thank Debra and the rest of f.i.t. RECKONING team for their participation in this year’s Fight for Air Climb in Providence,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “It’s inspiring to see a team work so hard to raise such a generous donation. All the funds raised help us spread our mission of improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The American Lung Association is proud to work with this team and hope they’ll return to our future climbs.” 

f.i.t. first in training is a group fitness center, which Dushku opened in October 2006 after a career in accounting. In 2010, Debra brought in her current business partner Victoria Lynch. Dushku says together, she and Lynch encourage their clients to challenge themselves and to remember the importance of giving back to their communities. While lung disease hasn’t affected her personally, Dushku is mindful that nothing is impossible. “Since beginning this journey, I have been shocked by finding out how many people I know battle with lung disease in the form of lung cancer, asthma, COPD, or many other lung-affecting issues,” Dushku said. 

To continue their fundraising efforts for the climb, team f.i.t. RECKONING will hold a 75- minute class, which they have dubbed “Breathless” Boot Camp on Sunday, March 15 at f.i.t.’s studio at 15 North Main Street, Bellingham, Massachusetts. The class will start at 8:30 a.m. and will require a $15 minimum donation. All are welcome, and pre-registration is required. All proceeds from the Fight for Air Climb: Providence will directly fund lung disease research, advocacy and education; including smoking cessation programs, COPD/asthma management, and fighting for stronger clean air standards. To register, learn more about the Fight for Air Climb: Providence or to make a donation to help save lives, visit the event website at fightforairclimb.org. Questions about the event, how to form a team or how to become involved in the climb’s Firefighter Challenge can be directed to Event Manager, Daniel Bowler at ProvClimb@LungNE.orgor 401.533.5175. The 2015 Fight for Air Climb: Providence is proudly sponsored by Omni Hotels & Resorts, WJAR NBC 10, iHeartMedia, Union Station Brewery, Coastline EMS, MetLife, Amica, Absolute Respiratory Care, GTECH and Poland Spring.

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