Get Active in the New Year by Registering for the Fight For Air Climb on National Take the Stairs Day

American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb pairs fitness with philanthropy to raise funds for lung diseases including COVID-19, asthma and lung cancer

On National Take the Stairs Day, the American Lung Association is challenging people nationwide to move toward healthy habits in the new year by registering for the Fight For Air Climb. The Lung Association’s signature fundraising event raises money for lung health research, patient education and public policy efforts to help more than 36 million American with a lung disease like asthma, COVID-19 or lung cancer. This year, we're taking the Fight For Air Climb outdoors so we can come together safely and enjoy the day. Find a location near you or connect virtually to Climb Your Way at

The Fight For Air Climb has been raising awareness for lung education and advocacy for nearly 30 years. Every year, tens of thousands of Lung Association supporters climb thousands of steps nationwide to support the organization’s vision of a world free of lung disease.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an even brighter light on the importance of lung health,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “The Fight For Air Climb is an opportunity for those who are able to challenge themselves to come together as a community and raise lifesaving funds for those who struggle to breathe on a daily basis.”

Among the participants are hundreds of local firefighters and first responders who show their support at the end of the event by climbing in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing more than 45 pounds. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals, and smoke in the line of duty.

Register for the Fight For Air Climb at For more information about lung health and the American Lung Association, visit or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA. 

For more information, contact:

Allison MacMunn
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