Local Friends Honor Mother, Climb 1,200 Steps at Progressive Field in Fight for Lung Health

First-ever outdoor Fight For Air Climb to raise money to end lung cancer, COVID-19

Ryan Smarsh lost a dear friend, Susan Cicerchi, and his friend lost a mother, Eloise Mason, in 2013 from lung cancer. That’s why they’re honoring their memories and his group of friends will once again climb in the annual American Lung Association outdoor Fight For Air Climb on May 2.

“Team Sexy Sue & Eloise’s Stairclimber’s started in 2014,” said team captain Smarsh. “My good friend Sue lost her fight to lung cancer at the age of 28 in 2013, that same year former co-captain Chris lost his mother to lung cancer.”

This year the team looks to honor their memories and help others in their fight against lung disease by setting a fundraising goal of $2,000. 

“Our mission is to honor those who are battling some lung ailment,” said Smarsh. “We’re passionate about creating more funds to go towards research to help those impacted by lung disease.”

Now climbing at his third different venue in Cleveland, Smarsh is looking forward for the chance to climb outdoors for the first time at Progressive Field on May 2, but says he’s more focused on motivating his friends and family to get moving.

“My philosophy for the team has never been focused on finish times but rather just letting team members get some exercise by climbing all the stairs, raise funds for the Lung Association and remember those who can’t do this event,” he said.

The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Progressive 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/Cleveland 

For more information, contact:

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

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