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Double Lung Transplant Survivor to Climb Ross Tower at Fight For Air Climb, February 9

(January 23, 2019) - Dallas, TX

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Local residents Tim Croy, a double lung transplant survivor, and his wife Shellie will climb the 45 floors, 888 stairs of one of Dallas’ tallest skyscrapers to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease. 

It’s all part of the American Lung Association in Texas’ Fight For Air Climb at Ross Tower on Saturday, February 9 (8am – 11am). 

“I climb in honor of my late sister Valerie, who passed away from cystic fibrosis in 1992 at the young age of 22. Suffering from the same disease as me, one of the last things she made me promise was to get a lung transplant if I ever made the list. So I honored her request in 2001 and received a life-saving double lung transplant,” said Tim. 

Now more than 17 years later, due to his diligent workout regimen, he will climb Ross Tower in her memory. 

“I first did the climb by myself in 2016 to honor my husband, who has cystic fibrosis and received the gift of new lungs in 2001. I was the second highest fundraiser! Last year, Tim and five of my colleagues joined me. This year our team has grown to 19 and we are again on track to be a top fundraising team,” said Shellie.

In just three years, they have raised more than $10,000 to support the Lung Association’s efforts.

“In terms of fundraising, we don’t do anything out of the ordinary. Most of us aren’t athletes, we are just a group of ordinary people dedicated to raising money to help battle lung diseases. Even the company where I work, RHSB Insurance Agency, is a sponsor of the climb,” said Shellie.

In Texas, more than three million people suffer from lung disease, including 14,000 who battle lung cancer. The Fight For Air Climb raises awareness for lung disease, raises money for life-saving research, and funds critical local programing like educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma and free programs to help Texans quit smoking.

The Fight For Air Climb at Ross Tower attracts hundreds of Texas residents each year. Registration is $15 until January 30, and then $35 until February 27 and $40 on event day. Registration for the 2019 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 214-974-9060. Download Fight For Air Climb B-Roll here.

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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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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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