Firefighter Jake Newman, of the St. Louis Fire Department (STLFD), knows the importance of staying physically fit and maintaining healthy lungs for his profession. That’s why his team of first responders will participate in the American Lung Association’s first-ever outdoor Fight For Climb at Busch Stadium on June 19.
“Our mission with the stair climb is to raise awareness of physical fitness and lung related illness,” Newman said. “The stair climb is a great way to do both.”
Newman’s team has more than doubled in size from two years ago and now consists of 36 firefighters.
“Each year we try to increase the number and get more involved.” he said. “We are happy to represent the STLFD at such a great event.”
Two years ago the team raised $1,500, however this years team is confident they can raise $10,000.
“We’ve currently raised around $8,000 with the hope of exceeding our goal.” Newman said. “The STLFD is excited to raise money for the Lung Association on the big day.”
Some of Newman’s team members go to the Metropolitan Square building on weekends to climb as they prepare for the event.
“Being on duty and climbing stairs in gear is a great way to train as well,” Newman said. “Everyone enjoys training and is looking forward to climb day. Climbing at Busch Stadium will be a great change of scenery.”
Masks will be required at the event and social distancing will be practiced. The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the Climb. Everyone is encouraged to check our Climb website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.
Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb 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, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.
Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/St.Louis.
About the American Lung Association
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.