Local Lung Cancer Survivor Climbs 1,200 Stairs, Life One Step at a Time

Raises awareness, funding for anti-vaping, clean air efforts in Lung Association fundraiser, May 15

Jim Watson was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 and soon thereafter had a partial lobectomy of his left lung. 

“After my surgery, I knew I had to find a way to help in the fight for lung health. When I heard about the Fight For Air Climb, it sounded like a fun event and perfect for me to start volunteering in 2018,” said Watson.

He enjoyed the camaraderie and fun environment. So after a few years of volunteering and experiencing the event, he decided to take the next step and participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Climb at Progressive Field on May 15.

“I got to know some of the event organizers over the last couple years of volunteering and they asked me to be a Climb Ambassador this year. Once I accepted that invitation, I thought, if I'm going to promote the climb I should participate. Plus, I like new challenges,” he said.

Though the camaraderie and challenges motivated him to climb 1,190 stairs in the event, he also is very passionate about supporting the Lung Association’s mission.

“I've always been an environmentalist, so I'm really passionate about the clean air campaigns. I also have pre-teen and teenage grandchildren, so the anti-vaping education is important to me, said Watson.

For more information about the Cleveland Climb, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Cleveland.

For more information, contact:

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

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