Overcoming years of breathing treatments, allergy complications and the loss of loved ones due to lung diseases growing up, local Oklahoma banker Justin Dick understands the importance of lung disease research. He is the team captain of the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Climbers to raise money and awareness this Saturday in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Co-chair of this year’s Climb Committee, Dick was just six years-old when he lost his father to lung cancer and has been receiving treatment with a specialist at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic for 33 years. He never imagined his journey would lead him to this point.
“This is a great opportunity to expand the reach of the mission of the Lung Association and to grow the climb. I’ve been talking to supporters a lot about the education and impact the Lung Association has on our youth through the Vape-free Schools Initiative, asthma programs and resources,” he said.
Dick’s been participating in this event for several years now and he says his passion continues to spark in hopes of ridding the world of lung disease.
“My main driving force has always been to educate and prevent someone growing up without a parent because they lost them to this disease like I did.”
“My passion comes from my close involvement with lung disease, lung cancer and COVID-19. I feel like the problems that arise from these issues are so pervasive that we all have a personal story, tragedy, or success we can rally behind to support a great cause.” Dick said.
Dick and the BOK team are taking the stairs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with a team fundraising goal of $6,000.
He is available for interviews about the climb. You can contact James Martinez at [email protected] or (312) 445-2501 for requests.
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 Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.