Charity Spotlight: American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb
The American Lung Association (ALA) has been fighting lung disease from lung cancer, asthma, influenza, and COPD for over 100 years. With healthy lungs and healthy air their main motif, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” in a variety of ways. Now in its second century, since its foundation in 1904, ALA combats lung maladies through research, education, and advocacy. Two weeks ago, on March 21, at the Bank of America Tower Plaza in downtown Tampa, some of the employees of Swope, Rodante P.A. participated in the ALA’s annual “Fight for Air Climb”.
Lung disease is the number three killer in the United States, responsible for one in six deaths. More than 33 million people suffer from chronic lung disease. Lung disease causes millions of days lost at school and work and costs the United States billions of dollars in healthcare costs. The American Lung Association aims to make the difference for the community and each year, more money is made for the cause at the “Fight for Air Climb”. Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Associations most unique fundraisers, as the climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums, or arenas. They involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a “vertical road race”, teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends.
Twenty-three employees at Swope, Rodante P.A. participated in the arduous, forty-two story climb, and together, the team raised $3,685 against lung disease. For the second year running, Swope, Rodante P.A. were the fastest law firm in the race and had another amazing time climbing for a great cause. So next year, whether climbing alone or with a team, come join us at the “Fight for Air Climb” and help us fight against lung disease.
More information about the event in Tampa can be found at the “Fight for Air Climb” website hosted by the American Lung Association. Also, feel free to look at some pictures we took at the event on our Facebook page linked here!