Stair climb event raises money to end lung disease, COVID-19
The American Lung Association in Tampa is counting down the days to host the iconic Fight for Air Climb on April 2.
The Tampa Fight For Air Climb challenges residents to climb hundreds of steps at the iconic Raymond James Stadium, Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.
“We are thrilled to give our climbers the opportunity to experience the excitement of an NFL stadium first-hand as they climb the best set of stairs in all of Tampa Bay – all while enjoying the one-of-a-kind views,” shared Steven Riddle, Executive Director of the American Lung Association. “Additionally, your safety is always our number one priority and to help in that endeavor, we are proud to announce that Tampa General Hospital is our Safety Partner this year,” said Riddle.
“As a participant and someone whose family has seen the effects of lung disease, I’m not only excited to achieve this physical challenge, but more importantly raise funds for lung health. Because when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” said Joseph Mannino, Product Owner with American Specialty Health and Chair of the 2022 Fight for Air Climb.
To date, 100 teams with more than 500 people will take part. Each person has a story of their why with this event. Many are doing it to pay tribute to loved ones who’ve passed. It could be spouses, parents or other relatives who’ve lost their lung battle. They are inspirational reasons why these people are giving back. There will also be first responders in full gear showcasing their heroic abilities in everyday emergencies as they climb the 1377 stairs to take part. It is quite remarkable.
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 organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies. Registration for the Fight For Air Climb on April 2 is $35 and requires an additional $100 fundraising minimum.
For more information and to register, visit ClimbTampa.Org.