Today, the American Lung Association launched its 2022 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar to honor local heroes and support its vision of a world free of lung disease. The second annual calendar features Lt. Jeanette Harrington of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on the cover.
Every year, thousands of firefighters race up hundreds of stairs in full firefighter gear weighing over 40 pounds during American Lung Association Fight For Air Climbs in more than 40 cities nationwide. Lt. Harrington was chosen for the cover because she is the highest fundraising firefighter across the nation. She has participated in the Miami Fight For Air Climb for seven years and raised $39,442 for the Lung Association.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to contribute in the quest of finding a cure for lung disease,” said Lt. Harrington. “Just like I have done, many other first responders participate each year with the same hope to help others who are suffering or have lost their lives to lung disease. This is more than a good cause; this is personal for me.”
The mission of the American 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 Jeanette 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 Kayle Rourke, development manager for the Lung Association. “We are amazed by their daily sacrifice and are honored that Jeanette, as well as so many other local heroes participate in our event.”
The 2022 calendar will feature 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 American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
To purchase the Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, go to Lung.org/Calendar. To get involved in a local Fight For Air Climb, visit FightForAirClimb.org.
About the American Lung Association
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.