Elaine Love lost her mom, Elaine Ford, to lung cancer 10 years ago. She is now a member of the volunteer committee for the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s 2022 Fight For Air Climb and will take thousands of steps with her first fundraising team at the event at Allianz Field on May 21, 2022.
“This mission is my personal mission,” said Love. “When I see my mom’s name on the big screen on May 21, it will bring both a tear to my eye and a smile in my heart. I climb for my mom, with love and hope.”
Love started climbing when her mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. In addition to lung cancer, Ford also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. She passed away in April 2012.
For 10 years, Love has participated in the Fight for Air Climb, raising money and awareness among her family and friend networks. She has raised over $15,000 in total. For this year’s event, Love hopes to raise $2,500 individually and over $5,000 with her fundraising team, the Step Sisters. Love was invited to join the 2022 Minnesota Volunteer Climb Committee and she has loved every minute of it.
“It has been so inspiring to work with committed staff and other volunteers who are truly making a difference in the fight to end lung diseases,” said Love. “Being able to do more than climb is gratifying and joyful. I am part of a fabulous group of folks who will make the 2022 Fight for Air Climb a success in every possible way.”
The 2022 Minnesota Climb will offer two routes on event day. Route 1 will include 866 steps on the lower deck or Route 2 will include 1,460 steps on the lower and upper deck. Participants can choose to climb up to three times, totaling 4,380 steps.
For more information, and to register for the event, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Minnesota.
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