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Celebrate National Take the Stairs Day by Registering for the Fight For Air Climb

A unique endurance event, the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb pairs fitness with philanthropy

(January 3, 2019) - DETROIT

For more information please contact:

Gregg Tubbs
[email protected]
(202) 715-3469

It’s time to ditch the elevator and take the stairs for National Take the Stairs Day. To start the New Year off with healthy habits, the American Lung Association in Michigan is challenging you to go big this year and register for the Fight For Air Climb on February 24 in Downtown Detroit. This year’s event will span across two prominent downtown building, One Woodward and Ally Detroit Center.  

And to celebrate National Take the Stairs Day, the Lung Association is hosting a special practice climb that week at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Registered participants will gather on Thursday, December 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to practice climbing the stairs in support of National Take the Stairs Day.

In February, the Fight For Air Climb will bring friends, family and colleagues together in honor of loved ones living with lung diseases, such as asthma and lung cancer, to raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy. Hundreds of American Lung Association supporters will climb 42 floors up and then 42 floors down, for a total of 84 flights of stairs –that’s 1,796 steps covered in the Ally Detroit Center located in the heart of Downtown Detroit.

“Far too many residents in Michigan struggle to breathe on a daily basis,” said Maureen Rovas, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Michigan. “The Fight For Air Climb is a not an easy event but it’s a fulfilling one when you can help those who are living with a lung disease breathe a bit easier.”

Nearly 1.5 million people suffer from a lung disease in Michigan, and the Lung Association’s annual Fight For Air Climb has been raising awareness for lung education and advocacy for more than 12 years. More than 250 local Fire Fighters and first responders will be showing their support at the end of the event by climbing the 28 flights in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing over 45 pounds at the One Woodward Building next store. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals, and smoke in the line of duty.

Fight For Air Climb Registration is $35 per participant, and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. Use code NEWYEAR to save $10 before January 31 (subject to registration availability). For those looking for the ultimate challenge, there are still a few spots left for the Vertical Mile Challenge. For more information or to register, contact [email protected], (248) 784-2000, or visit


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:

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