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COPD Patient to Climb in Support of Lung Research

(January 28, 2016) - Denver, CO


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  |  Date: 01/28/2016

CONTACT: Ashlie Reynoso  |  American Lung Association in Colorado 

P: 303-847-0280
E: [email protected]

**Editor’s Note:  For an interview or photograph, please contact [email protected].

                              COPD Patient to Climb in Support of Lung Research

Hundreds of Supporters will Scale 56 Flights of Stairs in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb 

DENVER (January 28, 2016) – As a Coloradan living with COPD, Roxlyn Cole believes in the benefits of being active to stay healthy.  In 2003, Cole embarked on a journey of rehabilitation for her COPD and three years later, she became strong enough to do her first Anthem Fight For Air Climb. At age 77, she will be climbing for her 11th year with a smile on her face and an oxygen tank on her back. 

Held since 2006, the Fight for Air Climb honors local heroes like Cole by raising funds for lung disease research, education and advocacy.  On Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. hundreds of American Lung Association supporters will be climbing in support of friends and loved ones who suffer from lung diseases like COPD, asthma and lung cancer. A vertical road race, Fight for Air Climb participants will scale over 56 flights of stairs – that’s 1,098 steps and 714 vertical feet of the Republic Plaza skyscraper at 370 17th Street in Denver.  

“Through support groups like the Better Breathers Club, the American Lung Association has supported me at all stages of my diagnosis,” said Cole. “And I cannot wait to reach the top of the Republic Plaza and trust that I can make it.” 

“The Fight for Air Climb is truly a unique experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants that are suffering from a lung disease,” said Curt Huber, executive director of the American Lung Association in Colorado. “And is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

The American Lung Association in Colorado’s 2016 Fight for Air Climb is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and many other local companies. Additionally, firefighters and first responder teams will be scaling the stairs in full gear to raise funds to fight lung disease. Registration is $35 per participant and includes an additional $100 fundraising minimum. For more information or to register, contact [email protected], 303-847-0280, or visit


About the American Lung Association in Colorado 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and 

tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website:

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