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Plano, Texas, resident raises money for lung disease awareness after loss of daughter

(February 15, 2017) -

On Saturday, Feb. 25, David Glazer will scale to the top of the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas as part of the American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb. He will climb 53 floors up in memory of his daughter, who passed away at the age of eight due to a severe asthma attack. 

“I climb because I want to bring awareness about the severity of lung disease,” said Glazer, 50, who will be participating in the event for the third year. “I want to make sure everyone knows how serious asthma can be and I don’t want anyone else losing a loved one to it.”

The Fight For Air Climb is a vertical road race that brings together patients, survivors and loved ones of those living with lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. In addition to ascending 1,020 steps, participants raise money that will go to fund lung disease research, education and advocacy.

“The Fight For Air Climb is truly a unique experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants that are suffering from a lung disease,” said Katie Jones, executive director of the American Lung Association in Texas - Houston.  “And is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

The American Lung Association in Texas – Dallas’s 2017 Fight For Air Climb is sponsored by Spok, Kindred Healthcare and the Baylor Scott & White Health.  Additionally, firefighters and first responder teams will be climbing the stairs in full gear to raise funds to fight lung disease.  For more information or to register, visit


About the American Lung Association in Texas

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 the newly redesigned website:

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