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February 9: Lung Cancer Survivor, Saved by Scan, to Climb Ross Tower to Raise Awareness

(January 28, 2019) - Dallas, TX

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Dallas resident Barney Brinkmann was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, but due to a relatively new low dose CT scan that identified the disease at an early stage (1b), he was quickly treated and is now cancer free. 

Now, he will tackle the Ross Tower and climb 45 floors, 888 stairs for the third consecutive year 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 had surgery within a month of the diagnosis, and just seven months later I participated in my first-ever stair climb with my wife,” said Brinkmann.

A former smoker, he now gets a low dose CT scan every six months to check if the cancer has returned and looks forward to climbing Ross Tower again with a new outlook on life. 

“I take my time to get to the top of the building, but I’m amazed at all the participants, especially the firefighters who do the event with all their equipment. This entire journey just made me realize all the more important things in life,” he said. 

He intends to retire in April but continues to support the Lung Association and raise awareness and funding.

“If breathing is an issue in your life, then the Lung Association is there for you. They’re on the forefront of helping people who have lung problems,” said Brinkmann. 

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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