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Adventure is in you! American Lung Association announces 2019 dates for Climb For Clean Air mountain program

Choose one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic mountains from Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker in Washington to Oregon’s Mt. Hood

(November 19, 2018) - SEATTLE

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The Climb for Clean Air mountaineering and fundraising program has set 2019 climb dates with honorary co-chairs and climbing professionals Win Whittaker and Stacy Allison, as they inspire new teams of climbers to train for a summit, have an experience of a lifetime and help the fight to end lung disease.

“I am thrilled to take part in this inspiring climbing program,” said Stacy Allison, Honorary Co-Chair and legendary mountaineer. “Nothing is more breathtaking than standing at the top of a mountain and being part of a cause that can save lives by preventing lung disease.”

The 2019 climbing schedule includes:

  • Mt. Hood (Oregon, 11,245 feet): Climb date: May 30-31, 2019. Climb for Clean Air partners with the Mazamas, who handpick professional certified guides from around the world. The climb includes a day of mountaineering instruction followed by dinner and relaxation at the historic Silcox Hut prior to the summit attempt.
  • Mt. Rainier (Washington, 14,410 feet): Three climbing dates: June 24-27, July 15-18, and July 22-25, 2019. Climb for Clean Air partners with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI) and the famous Lou Whittaker, who founded the program 30 years ago. His son Win Wittaker will join the teams for both climbs.
  • Mt. Baker (Washington, 10,781 feet): July 31-August 2, 2019. Climb for Clean Air partners with RMI again for the Mt. Baker climb.

The Climb for Clean Air program provides participants with all the training, technical support and professional guide services needed to summit these magnificent mountains safely. Since 1988, Climb For Clean Air has trained over 1,500 men and women of all ability levels to take on the challenge of summiting a mountain. Together, they have raised more than $5 million for lung disease research.

“I smoked cigarettes for seven years, starting at the age of 14. It took me four years to start realizing what I was doing to my body,” said Climb for Clean Air participant Breanne Adams. “It took me another three years to quit and I just hit my two-year mark a week ago and am forever grateful. Grateful for the lungs I have that allow me to breathe easily, live an active and healthy life, and that allow me to climb the beautiful mountains the Pacific Northwest has to offer.”

And Climb for Clean Air isn’t just limited to three mountains. The Reach the Summit program lets experienced climbers pursue any mountain, anywhere in the world, and partner with the American Lung Association to eliminate lung disease such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer through their fundraising efforts. 

Funds raised by participants of both programs will support the American Lung Association of Washington’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. As part of their training, participants receive personalized, one-on-one fundraising support. For additional information or to register, please visit climbforcleanair.com.

About Our Honorary Chairs
In 1988, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest. In her current role as a motivational speaker, Stacy’s mission is to inspire people to move beyond limitations and reach for their dreams.

Win Whittaker, a mountain guide at RMI Expeditions since 1982, has led trips around the world and has summited Mt. Rainier 182 times.

Climb for Clean Air Founder Lou Whittaker is one of America’s most respected climbers, author of the book “Memoirs of a Mountain Guide”, and the co-founder of RMI Expeditions guide service.

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About the American Lung Association

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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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