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Lowcountry Community Climbs for Lung Health
7/10/2014 2:39:34 PM

Whether searching for cures, keeping kids off tobacco or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the American Lung Association (ALA) works to help save lives every day. The Fight for Air Climb at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, July 26th is one way funds are raised to continue this work in the Lowcountry.

Families, individuals and teams are invited to come together for the fifth annual stair climb to raise awareness for the millions of Americans who suffer from lung diseases, including an estimated 4,130 South Carolinians who will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone.

Proceeds from the event allow the ALA to continue programs free of charge to community members such as a day-camp for children with asthma and their parents called Camp Breathe Easy, Freedom From Smoking clinics, Better Breathers Club support groups, as well as supporting vital lung health research.

Firefighters make up a large population of climbers, some racing in full gear with a face mask and their oxygen tank air turned on for an added challenge. The Climb and Firefighter Climb consist of more than 1,500 steps, while Ultra Climbers will climb the entire North Charleston Coliseum for a total of more than 5,000 steps. Similar to a traditional 5K or 10K race, participants wear bibs and timing chips to accurately rank the climbers in this "vertical road race." Awards will be given to the fastest climbers, fastest firefighters, and top fundraisers.

Registration and more information about the Fight for Air Climb can be found at

About the American Lung Association in South Carolina:

The American Lung Association was established nationally in 1904 and remains the only voluntary health agency in the community whose sole purpose is the prevention and control of lung disease. Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our vision is a world free from lung disease. Our motto is Fighting for Air.

The American Lung Association in South Carolina serves local communities in a variety of facets. The organization funds vital research on lung disease cures, provides education and support programs to both adults and children, and advocates for stronger air laws, tobacco prevention and education at the capital.

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