Every year, thousands of firefighters race up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during American Lung Association Fight For Air Climbs in more than 40 cities nationwide. To honor local heroes and support our mission of a world free of lung disease, the Lung Association announced today that the second annual Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar is now available for sale.
The mission of the American Lung Association hits close to home with firefighters. Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for firefighters and emergency responders. Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies and in more extreme cases, may be diagnosed with lung or bronchial cancer.
“In the line of duty, firefighters are regularly exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals and other substances that can be damaging to their lungs, putting them at an increased risk for lung disease,” said American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “Firefighters are out there saving lives every day, so the American Lung Association strives to help them by ending lung disease and lung cancer. Every purchase of a Fight For Air Firefighter Calendar will support this important work and honor these brave women and men.”
The 2022 calendar will feature photos of our top fundraising firefighters and firefighter teams at their local Fight For Air Climbs. It also includes fire safety tips, statistics on how fires affect our lung health and tips for your Fight For Air Climb. All proceeds will support the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
For media seeking to schedule a media interview with a local firefighter or lung health expert, contact Jill Dale at the American Lung Association at 312-940-7001 or at [email protected].
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.