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Webster resident raises money for lung cancer research after loss of mother, grandmother

(February 15, 2017) -

Amy Bredbenner is a first-time climber, meaning this is her first year participating in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb on Saturday, Feb. 25. She’ll join hundreds of climbers scaling 48 floors to the top of the 1001 Fannin building in an effort to raise money for lung disease research, education and advocacy.

Like other climbers, Bredbenner has personally felt lung cancer’s devastation as she lost both her mother and grandmother to the disease. Her own heartbreak has motivated her to help others and she’s raised more than $1,300 – the most of any other even participant – to stop lung disease.

“I am looking forward to raising money to fund research and educational programs,” said Bredbenner, 45.

A vertical road race, Fight For Air Climb participants honors and supports patients, survivors and loved ones of those living with lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and lung cancer. Friends and family will gather to ascend 1,062 steps to the top of the 1001 Fannin building to raise funds and awareness for lung disease. 

“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 - Houston’s 2017 Fight For Air Climb is sponsored by the John P. McGovern Foundation. 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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