200 Firefighters Join Hundreds of Civilians for American Lung Association’s 9th Annual Fight For Air Climb Providence
Participants Climbed 22 Flights of Stairs to Raise Funds and Awareness for Lung Disease
(March 4, 2017) -
Providence, RI - Nearly 1,000 people turned out today for the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s 9th Annual Fight For Air Climb Providence, presented by MetLife Auto & Home. Teams and individuals walked or ran up 22 flights of stairs, or 348 steps, to the top of the Omni Providence Hotel to raise funds and awareness for the Lung Association’s mission to support for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
Climbers included 200 local firefighters and first responders from over 30 fire departments who took part in the Firefighter Challenge, taking on the stairs while wearing full firefighter gear, weighing up to 50 lbs. The horde of over 600 civilian participants was made up of lung cancer survivors, lung disease sufferers, their caretakers and family members, health and fitness professionals and still others who made the climb in honor or in memory of a loved one.
One such participant, Angie Jennings, made the climb in memory of her dad, Al, and raised nearly $1000 doing it. She said, “I do this for him, so people hear his story and maybe it will inspire someone to Climb or to help support the American Lung Association in their efforts to help find cures for the diseases that took him from me,” Angie said. “I remember him daily but have decided to climb in his honor as a special remembrance of the tough fight he fought.”
“We are grateful to all of our participants who support our Fight For Air Climbs – but we are always especially touched to be joined by our first responders and those families that have been personally impacted by lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “When we look at the community built around the American Lung Association and take stock all the people and families that rely on the work we do, we are reminded that a world without lung disease is one worth fighting for.”
The event aimed to raised $200,000 for the Lung Association and is one a series of signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association, held in prominent skyscrapers across the country. Fight for Air climbs attract both elite athletes and novice stair climbers. Participants can choose to race, run, or walk up the stairs. All proceeds from the Fight For Air Climb will directly fund lung disease research, advocacy and education; including smoking cessation programs, COPD/asthma management, and advocacy for stronger clean air standards.
The American Lung Association’s 9th Annual Fight For Air Climb Providence, presented by MetLife Auto & Home, is also sponsored by WJAR NBC 10, iHeartMedia, B101, Amica, Absolute Respiratory Care, IGT, Omni Hotels & Resorts, & Union Station Brewery.