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Hundreds to Climb Pittsburgh Skyscraper to Honor Those with Lung Disease; Raise Lifesaving Research Funds at Fight For Air Climb

March 30 Fight For Air Climb participants will race to the top of the JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty in this stair climb event for all fitness levels

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(March 7, 2019) - PITTSBURGH

WHAT: American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty, 260 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
HOW: Registration is $35/participant
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Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for more than 35 million Americans with lung disease - including 376,000 people in the Pittsburgh Metro area - it is.  On Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m. hundreds will join the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania at the Fight For Air Climb in Pittsburgh to climb the stairs of the JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty in support of friends and loved ones living with lung diseases like asthma and lung cancer, and to raise funds for healthy air and lung disease research, education and advocacy.  

Climbing with them will be LUNG FORCE Hero Kelly Herman, who lost her father to lung cancer, “ I got involved with the American Lung Association as their LUNG FORCE Hero, because of my Pap Pap. Pap suffered from lung issues for a long time, including lung cancer.  I have seen the way his breathing affected his life.  He was the best guy.  Always offering a joke, a smile and a helping hand. We lost him in March of 2018.  That’s  when we signed up for the Climb!  We made a team, started fundraising and we hope you join us!”

Herman added, “Last year at the Climb, I was so concerned with how my body would hold out; 36 flights and trying to make a good time…that’s a lot.  But, it wasn’t my legs or my muscles that hurt.  It was my lungs. I was out of breath for a long time after the climb, it hurt to breathe in, it hurt for days after.  I cannot imagine what that must feel like for those with lung disease on a daily basis.  So, that is why I climb.  Why Team How Nice climbs. We climb for our gift of good lungs!”

WDVE Radio Host Sean McDowell is returning to the Stair Climb event in Pittsburgh for the 8th year in a row and said, “I’m climbing for my wife Cindi, who is a two-time lung cancer survivor, now cancer-free for 8 years. And I also climb in memory of my Mom who died an asthmatic (2nd hand smoke), as a result of living with my cigarette smoking father for 40 years. And I climb to help the American Lung Association raise funds for lifesaving lung cancer research.”

Serving as the Lung Association’s signature fundraising events, Fight For Air Climbs are hosted in prominent skyscrapers across the nation and challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of stairs. A unique stair climb event to benefit a good cause, Fight For Air Climb participants will scale 36 floors, 665 stairs at JLL Center at Tower Two-Sixty located on 260 Forbes Ave in Pittsburgh.  This is the 13th year that the Lung Association’s annual fundraiser has come to Pittsburgh.

“We are excited to have JLL Center host the 13th annual Fight For Air Climb and bring attention to the efforts of the American Lung Association. This event is a unique opportunity for our tenants to participate in a fun, physical challenge in their own office,” said Lucas Piatt, President and COO of Millcraft.

The Lung Association is proud to announce that this year’s event chair is Chief Tim Solobay from the Canonsburg Fire Department. Fire fighters from across Northwestern Pa. , including the Pittsburgh Bureau of fire and surrounding areas, will also show their support for lung health and climb 665 stairs in full gear – weighing more than 45 pounds!  Fire fighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals, and smoke in the line of duty.

“I'm thrilled to be climbing stairs on behalf of the American Lung Association!” said Chief Tim Solobay, event chair, Canonsburg Fire Department. “As a firefighter, lung health is vital to our survival. The Lung Association plays a huge role in raising awareness about the important issues that we as Firefighters face every day.”

“This is truly a remarkable experience, not only for fire fighters, but also for running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants with a lung disease,” said Steve Gillis, development director, American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.  “This event is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

The Lung Association is also excited to welcome back Fight For Air Climb Honorary Master of Ceremonies WTAE’s Andrew Stockey.

Fight For Air climbers can participate individually or as a team.  Registration is $35 per participant and includes a $100 fundraising minimum.  For more information or to register, contact [email protected] or call 412-430-3061. Parking is available in the Market Square Garage which is attached to the climb building at 228 Forbes Avenue for a minimal fee. Climbers should arrive 30 minutes before the opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., to check-in and stretch.

For media interested in covering the event, contact American Lung Association Eastern Division Communications Director [email protected] or 717-503-3903.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania’s 2019 Fight For Air Climb - Pittsburgh is sponsored by National Corporate Team Sponsor Kindred Healthcare and the following:

  • Millcraft
  • JLL
  • MSA – The Safety Company
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  •  Allegheny Health Network
  • Emerson
  • Seneca Bobcats
  • McGuire Woods


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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