American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Providence Moves Outdoors to Support Lung Health, COVID-19 Action Initiative on May 22, 2021

Virtual components include a Fight for Air Climb App and Climb21 Challenge featuring global landmarks

Today, the American Lung Association in Rhode Island announced that its 13th Annual Fight for Air Climb Providence will take place on May 22, 2021. For the first time, the event will be held outdoors at Pierce Memorial Stadium as part of the event’s “Climb Safe Commitment” which will also include spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols and face masks.  The event will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19 with a fundraising goal of raising over $100,000

As part of the Fight for Air Climb Providence 2021, the Lung Association has introduced the Climb21 Challenge, empowering participants to “Climb your way” for the 21 days leading up to the in-person event. This challenge utilizes the new Fight for Air Climb app (available for Apple and Android devices) and invites Climbers to virtually ascend famous landmarks across the globe, like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon and Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world leading up to our in person event on May 22nd.

“The Fight for Air Climb is a treasured community event in Providence and we are excited to see it evolve and expand this year, by moving it outside and online,” said Karen Whitefield, executive director for the Lung Association in Rhode Island. “Our mission to improve lung health and air quality through education, research, and advocacy has never been more important than it is today and we are simply willing to do whatever it takes to advance that mission and improve people’s lives, while keeping our community safe and healthy   during this challenging time.”

Kelsey Ahmed, a Rhode Island resident and Fight for Air Climb participant said, “There is no easy way to describe what it’s like to hear that your loved one has cancer. Our team – formed to honor my mom’s fight against lung cancer – climbs every year  in hopes to educate people, raise awareness and make a difference so that some day, no one will have to endure this battle – or any other battle against lung disease.”  Kelsey is an advocate and acts as a caretaker for her mom, Martha, who was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Money raised through the Fight for Air Climb Providence 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 $35 registration fee for the Fight for Air Climb Providence with early bird discounts available for those registering before April 1. This years’ event is Presented by MetLife Auto & Home, with support from many other community sponsors such as, Absolute Respiratory Care, B101, iHeartRadio, WJAR NBC 10, BayCoast Bank, and many more. More information and registration are available at

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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