Registration is underway for the American Lung Association’s annual Fight For Air Climb scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at The Oasis Tower One, 3000 Oasis Grand Boulevard near downtown Fort Myers.
During the unique endurance event, participants will climb 31 flights of stairs in the residential high rise to raise money for lung disease research, education and advocacy.
More than 300 people are expected to climb 535 steps up the high rise, including local firefighters who will ascend in 45 pounds of full gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty. Other participants will climb in support or memory of people touched by lung disease or in support of their own fitness goals.
“This is truly a remarkable experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants who are suffering from a lung disease,” said Kurt Goerke, director of health promotions for the American Lung Association in Florida. “As soon as you start up the stairs, you are instantly reminded that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”
The April 23rd stair climb – like many that the American Lung Association hosts around the country – will be the sixth to take place in Fort Myers. Local fundraising reached more than $45,000 at the last event.
Fight For Air climbers can participate individually or as a team. Registration is $25, and each climber must raise a minimum of $100 to participate. For more information or to register, visit www.ClimbFortMyers.org or call 1-239-908-2685.
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