DETROIT, MI | April 14, 2021
Collen Schueneman lost her brother to lung cancer two years ago. Her son, Justin, is a passionate athlete that wants to spread awareness about the harms of vaping. So they plan to team up and climb in the American Lung Association’s first-ever outdoor Fight For Air Climb at Comerica Park on May 23.
In addition, Colleen’s company, Preferred Financial Partners, will demonstrate their support for lung health by sponsoring the event again, but this will be the first time they’re climbing and participating.
“It’s one thing to support the effort, but it’s another to walk the talk,” Schueneman said. “We wanted to put our feet on the pavement and do it, so now we’re a sponsor and a climb team of about 12-13 and we hope to grow.”
Schueneman has made it her mission to spread a message of taking care of your health and being preventative.
“Part of what we do in the financial service industry is to educate about the ‘what if’ in life,” she said. “We want to make sure people are aware of what they can do to plan which goes along with the Lung Association’s research and education to help people live longer.”
The Preferred Financial Partner climb team have a fundraising goal of $10,000. The team couldn’t be more excited about being a part of an outdoor climb for the first time this year.
“I’m looking forward to every aspect and this year you get to see people and cheer them on,” Schueneman said.
“Being in the city at a sports arena, it all ties into the spirit of Detroit.
Registration is now open for the event which includes climbing an estimated total of 1,077 stairs. Another option includes “Firefighters and First Responders” tackling approximately 2,123 stairs. Lastly “Ultimate Challenge Climbers” will be totaling an estimated total of 2,640 stairs.
The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Comerica Park. 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 $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Detroit.
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.
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