Iconic Fight For Air Climb Soars to New Heights

Stair climb event to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Today, the American Lung Association in Florida announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb event outdoors at loanDepot park - Home of the Miami Marlins on March 5th. 

The Lung Association celebrates 18 years of this community event.  Participants including first responders, firefighters and community members of all ages will climb to new heights as they take on over 1,700 steps. Funds from the Fight For Air Climb will support lifesaving lung health research, education and advocacy. 

“We are thrilled to give our climbers the opportunity to experience the excitement of a Major League Baseball stadium first-hand as they climb the best set of stairs in all of South Florida – all while enjoying the one-of-a-kind views of the skyline,” shared Chrissy Cohen, Executive Director for the American Lung Association.  

"In the line of duty, firefighters are regularly exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals and other substances that can be damaging to their lungs, making them at an increased risk for chronic issues; the work of the American Lung Association is critical to us," said William McAllister, Local 1403 President. "Besides firefighters, the organization's work to support clean air and healthy lungs affects everyone, so we are proud to be involved with the Fight For Air Climb year after year. We hope to see our community come together for a fun and inspiring event."

“As a participant and someone whose family has seen the effects of lung disease, I’m not only excited to achieve this physical challenge, but more importantly raise funds for lung health.  Because when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” said Donna Santo, 2022 Fight for Air Climb participant.

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 organization’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.

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Miami. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event. 

For more information, contact:

Jill Smith
[email protected]

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