SPRINGFIELD The Lung Association will host its 5th annual Fight for Air Climb in Springfield at 1 Monarch Place on Nov. 17.
Participants in the event "fight for air" by climbing up the 24 floors (48 flights, 528 stairs) of 1 Monarch Place, all to raise money to fight lung disease. Those who would like to join the hundreds of participants expected to participate in this fun event which challenges them to climb one of Springfield's tallest buildings can register by visiting fightforairclimb.org
"Everyone who supports our Fight for Air Climb in Springfield is helping to bring us closer to finding better treatments and cures for lung diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer which affect so many people here in Western Massachusetts and all across the Northeast," Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, said. "We're grateful to all our sponsors, participants and contributors because every dollar we raise makes a difference."
The Lung Association hosts Fight for Air climbs all across the country. They attract both elite athletes and novice stair climbers alike. Participants can choose to race, run, or walk up the stairs. All funds raised support the Lung Association's mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.
The Fight for Air Climb also includes a Firefighters Challenge where firefighters race against each other wearing turnout gear. Awards are given for the fastest firefighter and the fastest firefighting team.
"This is a one-of-a-kind event and we already have several teams signed up," Heather Caisse, manager of the event, said. "The residents of Springfield have been very generous in the past helping us raise $55,382.34 last year. We're counting on their support again to make this year's event an even greater success. All the money we raise helps us do even more to reduce the burden of lung disease here in Springfield and all across Western Massachusetts."
To register, visit fightforairclimb.org. The regular registration fee is $35 ($50 on the day of the climb). All participants must raise $100 by event day.
Those who have questions or who would like more information about sponsoring the event or participating in either the climb or the firefighter challenge, can contact Heather Caisse at 505-5059 or via email at SpringfieldClimb@LungNE.org.