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National Take the Stairs Day has a new Challenge: Fight For Air Climb Philadelphia!

A unique endurance event, the American Lung Associations Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia pairs fitness with philanthropy.

(January 4, 2018) - PHILADELPHIA

People across Philadelphia will be ditching their morning elevator ride on January 10, 2018 and taking the stairs in honor of National Take the Stairs Day, reminding us all that a healthy lifestyle can happen one step at a time. This year the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania challenges Philadelphia residents to climb Three Logan Square!

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. hundreds of American Lung Association supporters will scale 50 floors – that's 1,088 steps up the Three Logan Square building (1717 Arch Street) as part of the Fight For Air Climb – Philadelphia. This unique event brings together friends, family and colleagues in honor of loved ones living with lung diseases, such as asthma and lung cancer, to raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy.

To kick off the Fight For Air Climb and celebrate National Take the Stairs Day, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is hosting a kickoff event on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at The Irish Pub located on 2007 Walnut Street. Guest bartenders will be collecting tips to support the mission of the American Lung Association; to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. A special registration rate of $15 will be offered to all who register on site and Lung Association staff will be available to assist individuals in registering for the event and provide information about lung health resources.

"Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is," said Deborah P. Brown, Executive Vice President, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. "The Fight For Air Climb is an exhilarating experience for running and fitness enthusiasts, but also a humble reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis."

Close to 1 million people suffer from chronic lung disease in the greater Philadelphia area, and the Lung Association's annual Fight For Air Climb in Philadelphia has been raising awareness for lung education and advocacy for 12 years.

Fire fighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department will be showing their support at the end of the event by climbing the 1,088 steps in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing over 45 pounds. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals, and smoke in the line of duty.

Fight For Air Climb registration is:
$25 Registration: December 1 - January 31 (Century $50)
$35 Registration: February 1 - March 22 (Century $60)
$40 Late Registration: March 23-24 (Pre-Packet Pick-up & Event Day)
There is also a $100 minimum fundraising fee.

For more information or to register, contact [email protected], 610-268-9786, or visit For media interested in scheduling interviews or to obtain broll, contact American Lung Association in Pennsylvania Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at 717-971-1123 or [email protected]

The Philadelphia 2018 Fight For Air Climb is sponsored by Jefferson Health, Brandywine Realty Trust and Holman Enterprises.


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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