Here in Florida, more than 2.7 million people live with lung disease, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. To help fund its work to end lung disease and save lives, the American Lung Association in Florida announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb Miami at loanDepot park – Home of the Miami Marlins on Saturday, March 2, 2024. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the premier stair-climbing event in South Florida. Metro-Dade Firefighters IAFF Local 1403 is returning as Presenting Sponsor and has been a long-standing partner for all 20 years of the Climb.
“For the past 20 years, the South Florida community has come together to climb in support of family, friends, coworkers and neighbors who have lung disease and lung cancer,” said Peter Berger, chair of the Fight For Air Climb Miami and fire inspector for Broward County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue. “The Miami Climb is a fun and inspiring event that wouldn’t be possible without the continued support and partnership of Metro-Dade Firefighters IAFF Local 1403, as well as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Fire Chief Raied “Ray” Jadallah. We are incredibly grateful for their leadership.”
A unique highlight to the Fight For Air Climb Miami is the inclusion of firefighters and first responders from all across South Florida. This year, more than 200 first responders are anticipated to participate.
“Lung health and air quality have always been top of mind for firefighters – we are regularly exposed to smoke, gases, chemicals and other substances that can damage our lungs and increase our risk for chronic issues,” said William McAllister IV, union president of Metro-Dade Firefighters IAFF Local 1403. “The American Lung Association’s work is not only important us, but to our families and community who deserve clean air and healthy lungs. We are proud to support the Fight For Air Climb, and we encourage our community to join us to save lives.”
The Fight For Air Climb Miami is designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers. Participants determine their pace. loanDepot park features one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline and is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.
Joining the Fight For Air Climb Miami supports the work of the Lung Association to defeat lung cancer, improve the air we breathe, reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families and eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.
“Every breath counts. Make every step count,” Berger added.
Registration for the Fight For Air Climb Miami is now open for individuals and teams, which can include friends, families, companies and organizations. For more information, visit climbmiami.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 Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.