Fighting For Air: Jacksonville Community Raises $133,000 for Lung Health

More than 450 people participated in the American Lung Association’s 16th annual stair-climb fundraiser at the Bank of America Tower

This morning, during the American Lung Association’s 16th annual Jacksonville Fight For Air Climb, more than 450 lung health advocates climbed 37 floors, 734 steps, to the top of the Bank of America Tower. The event raised nearly $133,000, and counting, to support the Lung Association’s lifesaving research, programming and advocacy for the more than 2.7 million people in Florida living with lung disease.

“For the past sixteen years, the Jacksonville community has united to climb for our loved ones and neighbors who are impacted by lung disease. They struggle every day for the breath that many of us take for granted,” said Chris Gonzalez, chair of the Lung Association’s North Florida Board. “Thank you to our participants, firefighters and first responders, volunteers and sponsors who came out today to raise $133,000 to save lives—with more funds still coming in. Every step we’ve taken today gets us closer to a future free of lung cancer and lung disease.”

Funds raised from the Fight For Air Climb support the mission of the American Lung Association and its efforts to defeat lung cancer, champion clean air, improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families and create a tobacco-free future.

Thank you to our local sponsors, including Bridgewater Wealth Advisors of Raymond James, Action News Jax, CSX, Nemours Children's, Bank of America, Bank of America Private Bank, Merrill, Alive Credit Union, Marand Builders, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, Underhill Staffing Inc. , Briggs Equipment, European Street Café, NEFAR Charitable Foundation, Pajic & Pajic.

For more information about the event and to support the American Lung Association mission to save lives, visit

For more information, contact:

Victoria O'Neill
(312) 273-5890
[email protected]

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