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Daughter to Honor Mother by Climbing U.S. Bank Plaza

(February 19, 2017) -

Tara Leonard lost her mother, Colette Telander, to lung cancer last October 2016.

“My mom was a fighter. She was the strongest woman that I have ever known,” said Leonard.

She will be honoring her mother’s memory by climbing the U.S. Bank Plaza on Saturday, February 25th as part of the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s 2017 Fight For Air Climb.

“I want to show her that we will be strong for her from here on out and will ‘fight the fight’ as we would say. We want to support lung cancer research to help find answers to these ugly diseases and save lives,” said Leonard.

Leonard joins more than one thousand people with similar stories, like Rhonda Whittaker, who is climbing in honor of her best friend who died of lung cancer at the age of 38. Phoebe Walling will climb in honor of her mother who died of lung cancer at 57. Tara Repplier climbs in honor of her father who is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Climbers are professionally timed and receive a tech-shirt a medal for climbing to the top. Often referred to as a "vertical road race," participating in the Fight For Air Climb empowers individuals to invest in their own personal health and fitness. They’re not just climbing stairs, they’re saving lives. Almost ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy. 

Registration is open online at or by calling 651-337-5099.

About the American Lung Association in Minnesota
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 focuses 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:

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