For six consecutive years, James Ottoman from Windsor Severance Fire Rescue, has raced up hundreds of stairs in his heavy firefighter gear during the American Lung Association in Colorado’s Fight For Air Climb in Denver, and fundraised more than $3,000 along the way.
Now, Ottoman is being honored as a top supporter nationwide for his enduring efforts to help eliminate lung disease and will be featured in the Lung Association’s 2022 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, which was made for sale yesterday.
The calendar honors local heroes who support the Association’s vision of a world free of lung disease. This is the second annual calendar recognizing the Climbs’ top supporters who participate in an annual event held in over 40 cities across the country.
“The Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is a rewarding experience because I get to raise awareness and money to support a cause that is significant to the firefighter community,” Ottoman said. “Unfortunately, many firefighters suffer from lung disease because they are exposed to gases, chemicals and smoke while on duty. I’m grateful that the Lung Association’s calendar helps support all firefighters’ lung health.”
The mission of the 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.
“Firefighters like James are not only out there saving lives every day, they fundraise and participate in events like our Fight For Air Climb in their free time,” said Ellen Penrod, Executive Director of the Lung Association. “We are amazed by their daily sacrifice and are honored that James, as well as so many other local heroes, participate in our event.”
The 2022 calendar features photos of our top fundraising firefighters and firefighter teams at their local Fight For Air Climbs. It 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 Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
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 Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.