BUFFALO, NY | November 1, 2022
The American Lung Association in Western New York is celebrating the start of Lung Cancer Awareness Month by launching its Fight for Air Climb registration page this morning, November 1st along with special early bird pricing for climbers. The annual event will take place on May 13, 2023, at Highmark Stadium, aiming to raise over $200,000 for research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19.
To register as an individual or a team, visit FightForAirClimb.org/buffalo today. Early-bird registration discounts available for the month of November.
“Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a critical time for our community to come together and commit to educating our loved ones and neighbors about the dangers of lung cancer,” said Kaelyn Gates, senior development director for the American Lung Association in Western New York. “Our Fight For Air Climb Buffalo is a perfect way to unite behind this cause, bringing awareness to lung cancer—as well as other lung diseases—and honoring all those who have experienced hardships caused by lung cancer. By registering today, climbers will have months to train, fundraise and make a real difference for those with lung cancer.”
Fight for Air Climb Buffalo participants range from firefighters and first responders, to lung health advocates and local families impacted by lung cancer and lung disease. Firefighters and first responders are often disproportionately impacted by lung cancer and lung disease because of increased exposure to smoke and toxic fumes in the line of duty. Local fire departments including Buffalo Fire Local 282, Lackawanna Fire, and over 30 local volunteer departments participate in the event every year as part of the firefighter challenge—completing the event in 50lbs of full gear. Some departments use it as a training exercise, a team building event, and a way to support their fellow firefighters who have suffered from lung disease.
During the event participants walk, run or race 900 steps up and down the stadium lower bowl to experience the “fight for air” firsthand. Participants, including Firefighters, can also select to participate in our “Ultimate Climb” experience where they Climb the entire lower bowl of Highmark Stadium. The event also includes information vendors, a post-climb party, and a closing ceremony to recognize top fundraisers and fastest climbers.
“What is truly amazing about this event is the sense of community that emerges,” said Amy Moritz, a member of the Buffalo Leadership Board for the American Lung Association and co-chair of the Fight For Air Climb event. “My mother died from lung cancer and through the climb I have met others impacted by this disease and been able to advocate for education and policies that address lung health. Together we heal and together we make a difference for others.”
More information and registration can be found at FightForAirClimb.org/buffalo.
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 Platinum-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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