Here in New York State, there are more than 2.3 million people living with lung disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and others. To help fund the American Lung Association’s work to end lung disease, today, the American Lung Association in Western New York announced that it will host the Fight For Air Climb Buffalo at the iconic Highmark Stadium on May 6, 2023.
This is the 13th year of the Fight For Air Climb Buffalo. For the event, participants will have the option to climb a 900-step route, or a 1800-step route around the 100 level of the stadium. The event also invites area firefighters and first responders to participate in the Firefighter Challenge, climbing the steps in full gear to raise critical awareness for occupational exposure and increased risk for lung disease in first responders. To date over 100 firefighters have registered from 25 departments.
“Fight For Air Climb events are great for friends, family, companies and first responder teams to climb stairs to support people with lung disease and lung cancer, have fun and get some great exercise. And anyone can climb! This event is designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers,” said Kaelyn Gates, senior development director of the Lung Association in Western New York.
Joining the Fight For Air Climb supports the work of the Lung Association to defeat lung cancer, improve the air we breathe, reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.
“In addition to raising critical funds and awareness, this event is a wonderful opportunity to come out and thank our local firefighters and first responders for all that they do by supporting an issue that directly impacts their community,” Gates added.
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.