Local Dad Honors Cousin, Son by Climbing 900 Stairs at OWU Selby Field

Team of Big Lots colleagues support, join him in raising funds to end lung disease, COVID-19

Dan Allen lost a cousin to lung cancer and has a son who suffers from allergy induced asthma. That’s why he’s joining the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb on June 3, marking his 10th total climb.

“I think everyone on our team made up of Big Lots employees has had a family member suffer from lung disease,” Allen said. “Everyone enjoys climbing as a team and assisting in the fight against lung disease.”

The event typically takes place at Rhodes Tower but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers, and staff.

“After a year in lock down, it will be good to get out and climb with everyone,” Allen said. “It’s going to be a new challenge in climbing stadium stairs.”

Last year Big Lots team consisted of 22 members and raised $3,400. This year the team hopes to raise $10,000.

The American 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 and 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. Everyone is encouraged to check our Climb website for the most up-to-date information leading up to 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, 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.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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