Local Medical Leaders Honor Friend-Sister by Climbing 800 Stairs at Wantland Stadium

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center staff joins outdoor stair climb raising funds and awareness for lung cancer screenings, research

Sandra Wood-Ramirez has been surrounded by loved ones who fight for air; whether because of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or asthma. Now her and Team Nikki will once again participate in the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb at Wantland Stadium on May 1. 

“Team Nikki was formed during Nikki Steinman’s life for morale and fundraising for expenses,” Wood-Ramirez said. “Nikki was a connector, if she loved you, she put you together with the rest of the world creating lasting friendships and purpose for so many of us that thrive today.”

For the last eight years, Team Nikki has made it their mission to end lung cancer and lung disease. Participating in their first Fight For Air Climb in 2014.

“For us, we will take no less than having Nikki Steinman’s name associated with ending lung cancer and lung disease,” Wood-Ramirez said. “I am so grateful to be a part of an organization who has made the commitment the Lung Association has to fighting for lung health.”

This year Team Nikki’s 28 climbers have a fundraising goal of $15,000 as last year the team raised $20,667. Training individually, the team is looking forward to getting together outdoors for this year’s climb.

“I think it will be a great chance to connect the purpose as spectators will really see our efforts and be visible to us,” Wood-Ramirez said. “Their support is huge on a day like this, it is such a boost to your spirit and reminds you why you climb.”

The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium on May 1. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.

Masks will be required at the event and social distancing will be practiced. The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the Climb. Everyone is encouraged to check our Climb website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.

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 Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. 

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $30 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/OklahomaCity.

For more information, contact:

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

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