On March 27, hundreds of people will climb Exploria Stadium in Orlando for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb. This includes the stadium’s “home team,” called UpRoar, which consists of team members from Orlando City Soccer Club and Exploria Stadium.
When Geena Catalano, the manager of events and fan engagement, heard about the Fight For Air Climb, she enlisted her colleague Mora Johnson, premium member service representative, to help her start a company team.
"Geena brought it up and I thought it sounded like a fun team event for our office and organization," said Johnson, "and I'm a big advocate for health and fitness. I think it's so important to stay active and take charge of your own health. This is one of those events where you can really challenge yourself, while also making a difference in our community."
For Catalano, the event is much more personal.
“My grandma was diagnosed with lung cancer and battled with it for a couple years. She lost a lung to the disease and I remember her struggling with it ever since I was young,” said Catalano. “She was also diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) when I was in high school. She was on oxygen for several years, and then lost her battle with COPD.”
The UpRoar team hopes to recruit 10 team members for the event, and plan to train on the Exploria Stadium stairs, which happen to be right outside their offices.
“We are here all the time, so why not give back and support the local community. We want to support our home,” said Geena.
Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Orlando.
Your safety is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect your Climb. Check your local Climb website for the most up-to-date information.
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. 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: Lung.org.