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Lung Association Announces Jefferson Health’s Dr. Ross Summer and Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief John Narkin as 2020 Fight For Air Climb Philadelphia Co-Event Chairs

(January 7, 2020) - Philadelphia, PA

For more information please contact:

Valerie Gleason
[email protected]
717-971-1123

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is excited to announce the 2020 Fight For Air Climb Philadelphia co-event chairs: Dr. Ross Summer of Jefferson Health and Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief John Narkin. 

Fight For Air Climbs, one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraisers, are unique events hosted in prominent skyscrapers across the nation and challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of stairs. Through research, education and patient programs, funds raised help the more than 35 million Americans living with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, and other lung diseases. 

"We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ross Summer of Jefferson Health and Philadelphia Fire Department Chief John Narkin are our new event co-chairs for the 2020 Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia,” said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer, Eastern U.S., American Lung Association. “They are an excellent team and their diverse expertise and mutual passions for lung health and community will take the Philadelphia Climb to a new level.” 

Philadelphia Battalion Chief John Narkin is a veteran firefighter and has served the city for the past 24 years responding to hundreds of fires, medical emergencies and environmental hazards.  He is an American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Hero and lung cancer survivor. Brother and sister firefighters from Philadelphia and surrounding areas participated in the Lung Association’s 2019 Fight for Air Climb in his honor. Narkin will continue to help make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease as the 2020 Fight For Air Climb Philadelphia Co-Chair.

Dr. Summer is a Professor of Medicine at the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He also oversees an NIH-funded basic science laboratory that aims to discover new biological mechanisms and therapies for various lung diseases. 

 “I am excited to co-chair the 2020 Philadelphia Fight for Air Climb with John Narkin,” said Dr. Summer. Signature events like this climb are essential in raising awareness about lung disease, promoting prevention and supporting novel research ideas and therapies. John and I have first-hand knowledge of the limitations of existing treatments for many lung diseases and are committed to doing what we can to make a difference. Take a step in the right direction and join us for this year’s climb,” said Summer.

With programs like Asthma Basics, Open Airways for Schools and the Asthma Educator Institute, the American Lung Association is the nation’s leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more than 115 years, the Lung Association has led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it's searching for better treatment options and cures for lung diseases, preventing and reducing tobacco use or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe. 

The 2020 Fight For Air Climb Philadelphia will take place March 28, 2020 at Three Logan Square, with a fundraising goal of $275,000. For more information on the 2020 Fight For Air Climb, pre-event practice climbs and more, visit FightForAirClimb.org to register, create a team or sign up to volunteer at the event. For media interested in speaking with Dr. Summer, Battalion Chief Narkin or a lung health expert, contact Val Gleason at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 717-971-1123.

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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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