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Harish K., IL

I started actively taking part in the "Fight For Air" by registering and involving myself with the "Fight For Air Climb" in 2011. A close family friend had been diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2010 and around the same time I received a postcard in the mail for the "Fight For Air Climb" in Oak Brook. Instantaneously I thought, “What a coincidence!” and immediately registered for the event and actively participated in the fundraising process. I took part in five Midwest climb events in 2011.

After a brief but courageous fight my friend passed away in mid-2011. So this year (2012), I decided to do the "Fight For Air Climb" in his honor. I am planning on completing all seven Midwest climb events in 2012. Though my initial motivation was to honor my friend with more involvement in this campaign, my primary focus has shifted to kids and future generations.

I am fortunate to have two young and healthy boys. I feel that it is our responsibility to preserve the earth/environment for our kids for future generations to enjoy as much as we do.

Air quality is one of our most important and basic needs, and we should do everything in our power to fight for the improvement and preservation of healthy air. Of course, the secondary benefit of doing all these climbs is personal health and fitness.

I have also gotten to meet several American Lung Association Midwest staff members during these events. I have the utmost admiration for the job they are doing so zealously. Thank you American Lung Association for the continued fight against all lung diseases and to improve the quality of air that we breathe. Keep up the good work.

First published: March 6, 2012

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