BALTIMORE, MD | June 1, 2021
The American Lung Association in Maryland announces that its Fight For Air Climb Baltimore will take place as a virtual-only event from June 9, 2021 to June 30, 2021.to protect all participant’s health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19, with a fundraising goal of $40,000.
In its 4th year, the Fight For Air Climb Baltimore typically takes place in the stairwells of the 100 East Pratt Street building but was reimagined as a virtual climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff.
This year’s event will feature the Climb21 Challenge, empowering participants to “Climb Your Way” utilizing the new Fight for Air Climb app (available for Apple and Android devices). Climbers are invited to virtually ascend famous landmarks across the globe, like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon and Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) from June 9 to June 30. All are welcome to share in this adventure, whether you’re new to the event or a veteran Climber. To join us on social media, use #fightforairclimb and #everystepcounts to join in on social media.
“We are headed outdoors, onward, upward and around the world for the Fight For Air Climb Baltimore, which helps us continue our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and support people who live with lung disease,” said American Lung Association in Maryland Development Director Lynda Neef. “That mission has never been more important than it is today. While we look forward to getting everyone together in person safely and soon, we are excited to virtually rally our Maryland based lung health advocates to advance this work that makes people’s lives better every day.”
Money raised through the Fight for Air Climb Baltimore 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.
There is a $25 registration fee for the Fight for Air Climb Baltimore. This year, the Fight For Air Climb local sponsor is Veracyte. To register or support the event, visit FightForAirClimb/baltimore. For media interested in speaking with an expert about the event, a lung health expert or lung champion, contact Val Gleason at [email protected] or 717-971-1123.
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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