E. Greenwich Gym Gives Big to American Lung Association
Alpha Fitness Will Have One of the Largest Teams at 8th annual Fight For Air Climb Providence Presented by Amica Insurance
(February 24, 2016) -
Even though Alpha Fitness in East Greenwich is about as far as you can get from being a large, “big box” style gym, that hasn’t kept the smaller specialty gym and its members from giving big to a cause that’s near and dear to its owner’s heart: healthy lungs and healthy air. This year the Alpha Fitness team, captained by its owner Dan Crawley, will have one of the largest teams at the Lung Association’s 8th annual Fight For Air Climb in Providence presented by Amica Insurance and also one of the highest fundraising teams. What’s remarkable is that this is the gym’s first year having a team participating in the event.
“When I started telling people at the gym why I was personally climbing, everyone really stepped up and wanted to climb with me and be part of our team,” says Crawley of Narragansett, who lost his father to small cell lung cancer and an uncle he was very close with to an asthma attack in the late 1990s. “It really is testament to the kind of place Alpha Fitness is. We may be small, but our members have a lot of heart and we all support one another.”
Crawley says that when all is said and done, Alpha Fitness will have more than 30 of its members climbing, which equates to about 30 percent of its total membership. What’s more, the team will have raised more than $6,000 to fight lung disease. Since every single one of the gym’s trainers is climbing on February 27, Crawley even had to close down the gym for the day.
While 2016 may mark Alpha Fitness’s first year climbing as a team, it will be Crawley’s second year climbing in the event. He first heard about the event from his cousin, Michael, who is an active volunteer board member with the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Dan climbed last year thinking that the event would be a great way to spend time with his family while remembering his father and his uncle. He found the event to be so inspiring and so well run that he decided he wanted to do even more this year.
Crawley said he recruited members by holding an open house-type event at the gym and offering people who signed up for the team that day free Alpha Fitness t-shirts. Staff from the Fight For Air Climb came over to the gym to answer questions about the climb and sign people up on the spot. It worked out great and the turnout exceeded even Crawley’s expectations.
Dan Crawley says that what he likes most about the event is the fact that it supports the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The other thing he likes is the camaraderie, with his family, with his gym and with all the event participants who share a commitment to fighting lung disease.
“It’s something very special when you see hundreds of people come together on a Saturday morning to climb the stairs of a skyscraper to fight lung disease,” says Crawley. “Just about everyone I know has known someone who has struggled with asthma or a lung disease. It’s encouraging to see people doing something about it.”
According to the American Lung Association, more than 33 million Americans live with a chronic lung disease like asthma or COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Additionally, lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of both men and women. The Lung Association is committed to defeating lung cancer and achieving its vision of a world free of lung disease. Funds raised at the Fight for Air Climb will support these efforts.
“The funds we raise at the Fight For Air Climb will support our efforts to fight lung disease and help people living with lung disease live healthier lives,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “We couldn’t do nearly as much as we do without the support of people like Dan Crawley and teams like Alpha Fitness who truly give their all to make this a successful event.”
The 2016 Fight for Air Climb is presented by Amica Insurance and generously sponsored by Omni Hotels & Resorts, WJAR NBC 10, iHeartMedia, Inc., Union Station Brewery, MetLife, Absolute Respiratory Care, Coastline EMS, A Tranquil Solution, Fidelity, Genentech, IGT, Ice River Springs and Nadeau Corporation. The event will kick off at 8:30 am on Saturday, February 27 at the Omni Providence Hotel. An after-party and awards ceremony will be held at Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Terrace in Providence, immediately following the event.
To register, become involved in the Fight for Air Climb: Providence or to make a donation to help save lives, visit FightforAirClimb.org. Day of event registration will be available on site on February 27 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel. The cost to register on the day of the event is $50 and all climbers must additionally raise or donate $100 to climb. Questions about the event can be directed to Event Manager Cori Dubie-O’Connor, at ProvClimb@LungNE.org or 401-533-5171.