Local Firefighters to Climb 900 Stairs to Support Community, Lung Health

Dozens of first responders to climb at OWU Selby Field in outdoor stair climb to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Firefighter Nick Highley, of the City Of Delaware Fire Department, Local 606, lost his grandfather to lung cancer and his grandmother to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One of the few reasons he will again participate in the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb in Columbus on June 3.

“It’s hard to watch someone you love go from being outgoing and active to someone who can barely walk,” Highley said. “As first responders we not only see the sickness and death related to lung disease, but we see how debilitating lung disease can be on a daily basis.” 

The Delaware Fire Department in Ohio has been participating in stair climbs for five years now, as more members continue to participate each year.

“Last year we had three or four members and were able to raise $600,” Highley said. “So far this year we have 17 members and have raised almost $2,500. We hope to reach our goal of $5,000.”

Highley’s department has climbed in tall buildings in year’s past, but nothing excites them more than climbing outdoors with their community. 

“Holding this event in the city of Delaware is something we never thought would happen, we’re excited for everyone to see what it has to offer,” he said. “We are always looking for ways to give back to our community.”

The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Field. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.
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/Columbus.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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