Climbing Towers and Signing on Mountains: Denver Friends Get Creative to Raise Money to Fight Lung Cancer
(February 5, 2019) -
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Friends Stephanie Grover and Rachel Berman are climbing local mountains and creating videos in American Sign Language to raise money for the American Lung Association in Colorado’s Fight For Air Climb at Republic Plaza. The friends, who were both born deaf, made a fun video to help with their fundraising efforts and share why they support the Lung Association.
Grover is passionate about the Lung Association because she suffers from exercise induced asthma and because she lost her father to lung cancer. In February 1997, her father, Lawrence Steven Grover, became ill. Initially, the doctors thought he had valley fever or pneumonia. When he had surgery to remove fluid in his lungs, the doctors discovered that he had stage IV lung cancer. Since the cancer was found at a later stage, he died just five weeks later.
“My father passed away from Lung Cancer nearly 22 years ago. Since then, I have always wanted to raise awareness and honor his legacy by staying active and promote non-profit organizations missions, and this [the Fight For Air Climb] was the perfect event to do that,” said Grover.
Five years ago, Grover reached out to the local Lung Association to ask about events she could participate in to raise money to help fight lung cancer. Since then her team, Team Grover, has grown to 23 members. This year, Grover and Berman decided to Climb Mount Sanitas to do a fun video in American Sign Language to raise awareness about the Fight For Air Climb and encourage fundraising (watch their video here). So far, the video has helped them raise more than $200 for the event and they hope to raise $3,000 as a team.
“The Fight For Air Climb is a humble experience. When you lose someone you love to lung cancer and are affected by exercise induced asthma, you never take for granted what you are given today,” said Grover. “The ability to live, to laugh, to smile and to bring a warm presence to people is what I gain from every time we do the climb. The American Lung Association does a great job with this event, promoting those impacted, affected and challenged by lung disease. My father was not able to survive his experience, but together we can help others survive through the Lung Association and continue to honor his memory.”
Each year, the Fight For Air Climb at Republic Plaza attracts hundreds of Colorado residents and people from across the country who race up the stairs of Republic Plaza (56 floors, 1,098 steps) to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease. More information is available at FightForAirClimb.org.
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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