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American Ninja Warrior Najee Richardson; New Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Joins Hundreds of Supporters to Climb 1088 Stairs for Lung Disease Research

Top fundraisers win a meet and greet with Najee at the 13th Annual Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia

Find videos of Najee Richardson and the Fight For Air Climb here.

(March 4, 2019) - PHILADELPHIA

For more information please contact:

Ewa Dworakowski
[email protected]
717-971-1123



WHAT: American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
WHO: Najee Richardson – Finalist, American Ninja Warrior 2018 television series and American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb Ambassador
HOW: Day of Registration is $40/participant, or $35 online registration before noon on March 28, 2019.

Register online: FightForAirClimb.org/Philadelphia  

Najee standing with a group of children

Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many, including elite athlete and actor American Ninja Warrior Najee Richardson, it can be a challenge. On Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Richardson – who also suffers from asthma - will join hundreds of local supporters to climb Three Logan Square in support of all those facing lung disease. Top fundraisers will earn a chance to meet Richardson and receive a special Flying Phoenix T-shirt. One step at a time, Fight For Air Climb participants will scale 50 floors – that's 1088 stairs of Three Logan Square -  at 1717 Arch Street. This will be the 13th year that the Fight For Air Climb has come to Philadelphia.

By partnering with the Lung Association, Richardson, who has battled asthma his entire life, hopes to show the world that lung disease doesn't have to stop your dreams.

"I am proud to be the American Lung Association National Fight For Air Climb Ambassador and to support their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease," said Richardson. "My own asthma may slow me down at times, but I'm living proof that lung disease does not have to derail your dreams. I want everyone to know that, together, we can defeat lung disease."

Joining Richardson is top fundraiser and 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief John Narkin. Doctors diagnosed LUNG FORCE Hero Narkin with Stage 4 lung cancer in April 2018. For the past 11 years, he's also trained and consulted other fire fighters nationwide about hazardous materials, safety, and drill planning and observation.

"I've decided to make every step count by climbing with the American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia to raise funds for healthy lungs and healthy air," said Narkin. "Every dollar I raise moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air!"

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is also excited to announce the 2019 Fight For Air Climb – Philadelphia event chair is Dr. Ross Summer of Jefferson Health. "Dr. Summer's expertise and passion for lung health and for our community will take the Climb to a new level this year," said Jeff Seyler, Chief Officer, Eastern Division, American Lung Association.

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 uncover new biological mechanisms and develop novel therapies for various lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the Acute Respiratory Syndrome. 

"As a physician and researcher with Jefferson Respiratory Health and member of our amazing Greater Philadelphia Area community, I am honored to be the event chair of the 2019 Fight For Air Climb," said Dr. Summer, Critical Care/Pulmonary/Allergy/Immunology Pulmonary Medicine at Jefferson University. "My mission is to improve the lives of patients with lung disease and I can think of no better organization to help with this cause than the American Lung Association. In the past, I served on the executive council of the New England Lung Association and now I hope to use that past experience to make the 2019 Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia the most successful and enjoyable climb in the country!"

Fight For Air Climbers can participate individually, create their own team or join Najee Richardson's team, by visiting www.Fightforairclimb.org/Philadelphia. Participants on Team Flying Phoenix who raise $500 or more will receive a special Flying Phoenix T-shirt. Day of Registration is $40/participant, or $35 online registration before noon on March 28, 2019 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum.  For more information or to register, contact [email protected], 610-268-9786, or visit FightForAirClimb.org.

For media interested in interviewing Richardson and Climb participants, contact the American Lung Association Communications Director, Eastern Division, Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or by calling 717-503-3903.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania's 2019 Fight For Air Climb is sponsored by Jefferson Health,  Holman Automotive and Brandywine Realty Trust. 

Follow the Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia on social media: @Phillyclimb on Twitter and Facebook, @LungMidAtlantic on Instagram, and post your photos/videos using #FlyingPhoenixClimb and #PhillyClimb.

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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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