Nick Pearson, firefighter from the Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department, shares the honor of Mr. June in the American Lung Association’s 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar, which honors first responders from across the United States.
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.
Pearson of West Des Moines was chosen as one of the Lung Association’s top Fight For Air Climb firefighters nationwide. This is his seventh year participating and raised $200 this year.
“We’re so proud of and excited for Nick for being honored in the 2023 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar. He truly deserves this recognition. He not only out there saving lives every day, but he also trains and fundraises for events like the Fight For Air Climb in his free time,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the Lung Association in Iowa. “We invite other firefighters and first responders in the Des Moines area and across Iowa to join our Fight For Air Climb to help support our vision of a world free of lung disease.”
The mission of the 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. The 2023 calendar 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.
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, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.