Early Sunday morning on February 24th an anticipated 2,400 individuals ages 14 and up will take charge of the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain West to support advancements in the battle against lung disease. The Fight for Air Climb, which for the last two years has been the largest stair climb in terms of participants and funds raised, started in 2005 as a method for raising national awareness and support. The American Lung Association (ALA) has celebrated an increase in participation and proceeds every Fight for Air Climb the past seven years. From what we’ve heard, the ALA has no intention of letting the tradition end. Organizations known for their continuous support in this event are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Encana Oil & Gas.
All proceeds from the climb stay in Colorado and are distributed to various ALA programs which support any number of initiatives from smoking prevention classes and research funding to decreasing Denver’s air pollution through alternative fuel. Proceeds may come from donations, however; climbers are asked to individually raise at least $65.00 before taking their first steps up the Republic Plaza building. But don’t be discouraged by this! The event’s website offers plenty of tips and information to support anyone fundraising for their participation in the climb.
If you or your organization is interested in taking a stand for lungs, it’s not too late! Head to www.fightforairclimb.org by February 15th to learn more about participation and sponsorship.
American Lung Association in Colorado
For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association in Colorado has been the lead organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association of Colorado funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lunch disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association of Colorado is “fighting for Air.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA or log on to www.lungcolorado.org