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Taking the Fight For Air Climb to Greater Heights

The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic proudly holds Fight For Air Climb events at several locations throughout our charter that not only raised money to help us fight and eradicate lung cancer once and for all, but also honor those who lost their lives to lung cancer.

On April 16, 2016 a brave boy’s strength gave dozens of firefighters and other participants the courage they needed to scale the steps of one of the tallest buildings in Newark, New Jersey – the Gateway Center. Talon’s mother, Alexis Falcone, died from lung cancer. She was honored at the Fight For Air Climb in Newark, which provided the opportunity for participants to fight so that they can help prevent others from having similar battles. In 2015 Newark’s Fire Chief made then 9-year-old Talon an honorary fire chief.

Thanks to the many participants, the 2016 Fight For Air Climb in New Jersey raised more than $60,000, which will go to support programs for those with asthma, lung cancer, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic is grateful for the public’s support and asks that they continue to share our mission with everyone they know.

Philadelphia has its own success story! Its Fight For Air Climb has the second largest fundraising team in the country thanks to volunteers like Mike Carr, board member of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Carr has been active with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic since 2011. He lost a friend to COPD in 2010 and started a stair climb team for the FY 2011 Philadelphia Fight for Air Climb.

Over the past 6 years, through registrations and fundraising his Stair Climb team, Team Stab Plus, had 495 participants and fundraised almost $170,000. In 2014 Carr had the second largest stair climb team in the country with 124 members. He was the 2014 Philadelphia Fight for Air Climb Event Chair and continues as the Philadelphia Leadership Board Chair since July 1, 2014.

Since his term began, Mike has made engagement and accountability a main priority for board members as well as their involvement in local events through creating teams or fundraising. One of the most impactful volunteer experiences, he felt, was educating kids around the dangers of smoking during an asthma education night at a local Philadelphia Charter School. His first thought is always around how he can continue to expand our reach and help us achieve our mission.

Carr was honored by the American Lung Association with the Volunteer Excellence Award in June 2015 and says, “It’s something that was very impactful for me and very much appreciated.” When out networking, whether it’s at an event or in his personal life, he is always thinking of the American Lung Association.

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