Less than five years ago, Pennsylvania resident David Skalski (Ski for short) underwent a lung transplant after being diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease and a very rare case of Myosistis MDA5 that destroyed his lung in just days. Three years after surviving a grueling lung transplant, Ski, an avid mountain climber, ascended to 16,444 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro, and there, he honored his organ donor, John Tuzak, a 26- year-old from Chicago, by spreading his ashes on the mountain.
Ski’s mission is to continue to provide hope for those impacted by lung disease. In addition to his own journey with lung disease, Ski’s mom (Germaine Skalski) lived with emphysema and COPD. “Lung disease is devastating. We must work towards raising awareness and funds for lifesaving research so that those affected by lung disease can continue to climb higher - reach their goals, accomplish their dreams and live their best lives. The Lung Association's Climbs have given me a platform to provide hope and help defeat lung disease,” said Ski.
Registration is open for the event, with participant options for every type of Climber, including individuals, families, groups of friends and corporate teams as well as special categories for GORUCK, Elite Climbers and Firefighters/First Responders. Registration for the Fight For Climb is $35 with a minimum $100 fundraising requirement. For more information, and to register, visit FightforAirClimb.org/Pittsburgh.
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.