COLUMBUS, OH | May 11, 2021
Liam Conn lost his grandmother to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2014. Now the 9-year-old is raising money to prevent others from losing loved ones to lung disease as one of this year’s youngest climbers in the American Lung Association in Ohio’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb on June 3.
Liam’s climbing tradition with Lung Association started when he was 7 years old, teaming up with his mother Amy and older brother Aidan.
“The boys had to learn at a very young age the devastating effects of smoking,” Amy said. “Through the Fight For Air Climbs they have learned that there are ways to help such as climbing, donating, education and research.”
The Conn family is optimistic that fundraisers like the Fight For Air Climb will educate others on the various ways to improve lung health.
“Liam and Aidan love to tell others they participate in the climb yearly and encourage others to join and pass along their experience.” Amy said. “I believe both of them will be lifetime supporters of the Lung Association.”
Training for the climb has been a team effort for the Conn Family.
“We are a very active family; my year-round triathlon training helps me stay in shape for the climb,” Amy said. “Liam assists me with training by biking next to me during the long runs.”
The family is looking forward to getting some fresh air while conquering a new set of stairs in this year’s outdoor climb.
The Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Field. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.
Masks will be required at the event but can be pull down while climbing when six feet apart from other climbers. Social distancing will be practiced. The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the Climb.
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, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.
Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Columbus.
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.
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