12 Years & Counting: Cleveland Man Raises over $25K in Memory of Friend, for Lung Research

It’s been 12 years since Ryan Smarsh participated in his first Fight For Air Climb to benefit the American Lung Association in Ohio. That was in 2012 and he could have never imagined how meaningful these climbs would turn out for him.

After his friend Susan lost her battle with lung cancer in 2013, Smarsh was determined to keep her memory alive and decided to honor her through climbing.

“I wanted to do something in her memory, where her name was never forgotten. Ten years later, she is always remembered,” said Smarsh.

In the first year, he climbed as an individual. His second-year climbing, he joined a team. His third year climbing, he created his own team of 10 climbers but throughout the years the team grew. Last year, he was able to gather 18 climbers.

Over the years, Smarsh and his team have raised over $25.000 for the Lung Association. But for Smarsh, it’s not just about the money. It’s about honoring his friend and doing something positive to help others.

“I smile because I am able to do something positive to benefit the American Lung Association and continue to raise money for those who need our help,” he said.

He and his team will join hundreds of other climbers at the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at Progressive Field on Sunday, April 30.

Smarsh is available for interviews about the climb, and you can contact James Martinez at [email protected] or (312) 445-2501 for requests.

For more information about the Cleveland Climb, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Cleveland.
For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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