This November, take the stairs for a good cause.
The American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALA) will host the second annual Fight for Air Climb at 10 a.m.on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The event will challenge participants of all ages and fitness levels to climb 20 flights of stairs (400 steps) to the top floor at One Bausch+Lomb Place in downtown Rochester.
The Fight for Air Climb is a national annual fundraiser event to support the ALA Association, whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The ALA Association's local branch is headquartered in Brighton.
Participants are divided into three climb categories: general participants, which consist of individual or team efforts, a Firefighter Challenge, which consists of teams from local fire departments all over the county climbing in full gear, and an athletic competition, new this year, which consists of additional fitness challenges such as lunges and pushups for fitness enthusiasts at each level of the climb. An awards ceremony will follow the climb based on physical and fundraising achievements.
Chief Stephen MacAdam, team captain for the Brighton Fire Department, is hoping his team will raise between $2,500-$3,000 for the American Lung Association.
As the chief, I am always looking for ways to encourage fitness, and this is a great way to do just that for a good cause.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Additionally, firefighters are among the highest at-risk population for developing lung disease due to the nature of their work.
Madison Brewer, team captain for the Pittsford Fire Department, is participating in the Fight For Air Climb in memory of his grandfather, who died of lung disease. Brewer has been a volunteer firefighter with the Pittsford FD for the last two years and this is his first year participating in the Climb.
Its special to be a part of an event like this to help the community and my fellow colleagues, said Brewer. Its important to help and support others.
The 2012 Fight for Air Climb attracted 100 participants and raised approximately $25,000. The ALA hopes to double these numbers for the 2013 event. Registration is open until Wednesday, November 13 at the rate of $35. Day of registration is $50 and will begin at 8 a.m. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100. For more information, visit