Overcoming years of breathing treatments, allergy complications and the loss of loved ones due to lung diseases growing up, local Oklahoma bankers Justin Dick and Susan Davis Jordan understand the importance of lung disease research. That’s why they’ve created the team Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Climbers to raise money and awareness in the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb on May 1.
Team captain and local board member, Dick was just six years-old when he lost his father to lung cancer and has been receiving treatment with a specialist at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic for 31 years.
“I have been under the treatment since I was 4 years old for severe asthma and allergy complications,” Dick said. “Research and treatment have resulted in me having little to no symptoms and minimum issues for the last decade.”
Also living with asthma, Jordan’s passion comes from her close involvement with allergies, asthma and COVID-19. She’s thrilled to see this year’s climb moving outdoors.
“The great thing will be the level of comfort for participants, volunteers, and spectators by having the event outdoors.” she said.
The seven-person team of BOK Climbers raised over half of their $1,000 goal for this year’s climb thus far.
“The dollars raised and the dollars put to use are nearly identical in value,” Jordan said. “The ALA is able to touch the lives directly and indirectly of so many people that it is well worth anyone’s time and effort to lend a hand and make their mission possible.”
Registration for the Fight For Air Climb on May 1 is $30 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. The event includes tackling just shy of 800 stairs at University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland stadium. Participants have the option to Climb Your Way and complete their climb virtually if they’re unable to attend the event.
Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.