Working everyday for her patients with respiratory disease, Sherry Perrin witnesses the detrimental effects of lung disease up close. On June 19, she’ll step out of her everyday work at Kindred Hospital to support her patients by joining the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb at Busch Stadium.
“At my hospital we typically manage our patient’s care for up to a month and attempt to get them off the ventilator or oxygen and back home,” Perrin said. “The one’s we cannot save take a piece of you every single time and that is why I continue to do what I do.”
Perrin got involved with the Lung Association seven years ago when her supervisor asked her to take his place in the Fight For Air Climb. She has made it her mission to get involved every year since.
“If I can do anything to help my fellow human, then that’s why I’m here,” she said. “It just seems to fit that we would partner with the Lung Association.”
Kindred Hospital is a national sponsor for this year’s climb and will match their donations.
“Our personal goal at Kindred South is to raise $2,000 to start,” Perrin said. “Last year with COVID we weren’t able to raise as much as we normally do, that’s why this year is even more important than ever before.”
Perrin’s team is looking forward to climbing outside at Busch Stadium because of the fresh air leading to more participation.
“The more people who participate means the more funds available to find answers for ending viruses like COVID-19.” said Perrin.
The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to the 2021 Fight For Air Climb at Busch Stadium on June 19. 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 if you're not actively climbing 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.
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/St.Louis.
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 Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.