MIAMI, FL | December 14, 2022
Every year, thousands of firefighters race up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during American Lung Association Fight For Air Climbs in more than 40 cities nationwide. Lt. Harrington of Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 was chosen as one of the American Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb firefighters nationwide. Lt. Harrington has raised well over $8,000 making her one of the top fundraising firefighters in the country. This will be her 9th year participating in the Fight for Air Climb.
“Congrats to Lt. Harrington for being honored in the 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar! Lt. Harrington is not only out there saving lives every day, but she also trains and fundraises for events like the Fight For Air Climb in her free time,” said Peter Berger, Chair of the 2023 Fight For Air Climb Miami, firefighter and fire inspector for Broward’s Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Fire Rescue. “We would like to invite other firefighters and first responders in South Florida to join our Fight For Air Climb on March 4 at loanDepot park, home of the Miami Marlins to help support our vision of a world free of lung disease.”
"Unlike many people who unfortunately suffer from lung disease and struggle daily to take a breath, I have the opportunity, year after year, to use my lungs to climb and to raise funds for this worthy cause,” shares Lt. Harrington. “It is my goal to continue to raise money for all those who are impacted by lung disease through my support of the efforts of the American Lung Association.”
“Every year, I solemnly honor someone who has lost their life due to lung disease,” shares Lt. Harrington. “In 2023, I plan to continue my pledge by honoring Beatrice Avery. Beatrice passed away in 1994 due to emphysema, and she continues to inspire me to give back in the effort to help one day to find a cure."
The mission of the American Lung Association hits close to home with firefighters. Respiratory diseases remain a significant health issue for firefighters and emergency responders. Firefighters are at a higher risk to develop chronic issues, including lingering cough, hoarseness, asthma, and allergies and in more extreme cases, may be diagnosed with lung or bronchial cancer.
The 2023 calendar also includes fire safety tips, statistics on how fires affect our lung health and tips for your Fight For Air Climb. All proceeds will support the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
To purchase the Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, go to Lung.org/calendar. To get involved in the local Fight For Air Climb Miami scheduled for March 4 at loanDepot park, home of the Miami Marlins, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Miami. Register this week, as Early Bird pricing, the lowest registration fee of the year, is now available until 12/16.
- Fight For Air Climb B-Roll is available here: Fight For Air Climb Media B-Roll 2021002.mp4 - Google Drive
- American Lung Association logos are available here: Media | 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, 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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