Folks of all ages are preparing for a major stair climb next month to raise money for the American Lung Association. The second annual Fight for Air Climb will take place at Bausch and Lomb Place and registration is now open.
Training has started and there is a practice run next Wednesday. The official 20-flight stair climb, about 400 stairs, is November 16.
American Lung Association Northeast President and CEO Jeff Seyler says the Fight for Air Climb is a great fundraiser.
"It's exciting, it's a different fundraiser than a lot of charities do. It's really a nice tie with our mission because you need those lungs to get up the stairs. And of course we're doing it all for the American Lung Association's education, research and advocacy programs."
The American Lung Association is extending the invitation to all individuals, business groups and even firefighters to come take part in the Fight for Air climb.
"It's an event for really anyone. It's 20 floors here at the building. Individuals can come form a team, corporate teams and we're having a lot of companies sign up. Also, firefighters from all over Monroe County and hopefully beyond are going to join us. We expect to see a really large firefighter presence this year," Seyler said.
And the firefighters might be the most competitive teams of all.
"We just had an event last night with them and they were saying how one guy does it, the other has to do it better. We're depending on that competition to really make the event great and they climb in all of their gear, 60 pounds, and masks. It's really quite a sight," Seyler said.
This event is all about raising money for the American Lung Association and most importantly, raising awareness.
"The goals of this event are certainly to bring the community together as well as raising awareness of lung disease and healthy air. But, of course to raise money for research education and advocacy," Seyler said.
If you would like to register for the Fight for Air Climb, contact the American Lung Association, at (585) 666-1402.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100. All ages welcome. The goal for the event $50,000.
The motto and mission here is "We climb for those who can't breath on their own."