Williamsville Man with Cerebral Palsy to Climb 800 Steps to Support the American Lung Association
Mark Crehan Will Climb One Seneca Tower for the Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo
(January 27, 2016) -
Mark Crehan of Williamsville has lived with Cerebral Palsy his entire life. He was taught at an early age to never let anything hold him back from doing what he loves. It’s a lesson that Crehan has taken to heart and one he credits with encouraging him to sign up for an event that challenges him to climb 800 stairs for charity. Crehan will participate in the American Lung Association’s annual Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo at One Seneca Tower on Saturday, March 12.
The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top. The Climb has been taking place for more than a decade and has raised more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.
Crehan was only one year old when he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Until he was five years old, Mark was bound to a wheelchair until he received surgery to help him walk. “From a young age I was taught to not see myself as different than anyone else. Cerebral Palsy is part of me, but it doesn’t make me who I am,” Crehan said. Mark is approaching his fifth year at the climb the same way he tackles his Cerebral Palsy: on a daily basis. “Living with Cerebral Palsy, I’ve been known to take a spill or two. There isn’t much about the climb that makes me nervous, as long as I have a railing to hold on to, I know I’ll be okay,” Crehan said.
“Mark’s determination to complete a challenging event like Fight for Air Climb is so inspiring,” said Jeff Seyler President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “We hope others look to Mark for motivation to get involved in our event. It’s people like Mark that help our climbs grow every year. We thank him for his continued dedication to our organization and hope to continue working with him in the future.”
To train for the event Crehan practiced climbing 14 flights of stairs, along with his regular cardio regimen. Mark hopes his efforts will help inspire others to register for the Fight for Air Climb. “Stairs aren’t really my best friend, but I signed up anyway. When people tell me they could never climb up that many stairs, I kind of chuckle to myself. If I can do it, anybody can. It’s just about focusing and realizing that anybody can do anything,” Crehan said.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the first climber will take off at 8:30 a.m. A separate Firefighter Challenge in which individual firefighters and firefighter teams compete against one another will also begin at 8:30 a.m in a separate stairwell. To find out more about the Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo call 585-666-1402 or e-mail BuffaloClimb@LungNE.org. The Fight for Air Climb is locally presented by NFTA Metro and is also made possible with the support of IMPACT Sports Performance, WGRZ News, Buffalo News REFRESH, national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare and national corporate sponsor Who Pneu.