Lung Advocates to Scale 33 Flights of Stairs in New Jersey Fight for Air Climb
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 04:21 PM EST
All proceeds from climb support the American Lung Association’s efforts to improve lung health.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the American Lung Association (ALA) in New Jersey will host its second annual Fight for Air Climb at Harborside Center Plaza 5 in Jersey City. Event check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. An opening ceremony will take place at 9:00a.m., with the climb immediately following.
The Fight for Air Climb in Jersey City raises awareness and monetary support for the 35 million Americans who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases. Many participants climb to honor the memory of a loved one lost to lung disease.
"I am climbing to honor the memory of my father, Bob Niemeyer," said Lee Sample of Sparta, NJ. "He smoked for 53 years and passed away on July 1, 2013, after struggling with COPD for many years. Twenty years ago he didn't quit smoking because he said the damage was already done. But in his final moments, he admitted that, if he had quit, he could have made a difference in his quality of life. He said life with COPD was like ‘breathing through a straw.’ Fighting for our lung health is so important. Most of us don’t realize that more people die each year from lung disease than from breast cancer. Events like the Fight for Air Climb in New Jersey help increase awareness of lung disease. They also raise money for programs sponsored by the American Lung Association that give smokers the resources and hope they need to quit. I will keep fighting for those, like my dad, who can no longer fight for themselves, because everyone should have the right to breathe easy."
Each participant pays a $25 registration fee and is asked to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. This year, the ALA in New Jersey’s goal is to raise $100,000 for lung disease prevention, research and advocacy programs.
Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency response teams may participate in the event’s First Responders Challenge. Also, new this year, the American Lung Association has added a Military Challenge, which is open to current or former military personnel and adheres to the same guidelines as the First Responders Challenge. Each team must consist of at least four First Responders, and all climbers in a team must be from the same unit or division. First responder teams will compete against each other to get the fastest cumulative time climbing the 33 flights of stairs. Also, new this year, the American Lung Association has added a Military Challenge, which is open to current or former military personnel and adheres to the same guidelines as the First Responders Challenge.
For more information or to register, contact Jodi Grinwald at email@example.com. Or visit www.lunginfo.org/njclimb.
About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.