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Hundreds of supporters to climb 40 flights of stairs in support of lung research

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is.

On April 1, 2017 hundreds will join the American Lung Association to climb up the Metropolitan Square building in support of friends and loved ones who suffer from lung diseases like asthma and lung cancer, and raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy.

A unique endurance event to benefit a good cause, Fight for Air Climb participants will scale 40 flights of stairs – that’s 856 steps of the Metropolitan Square building at One Metropolitan Square in downtown St. Louis.

The Lung Association’s annual fundraiser has been reaching exhilarating heights for over eight years in St. Louis.

“This is truly a remarkable experience for both running and fitness enthusiasts, as well as our participants that are suffering from a lung disease,” said Angie Wiseman, executive director of the American Lung Association in Missouri. “And is a reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.”

Local Fire Houses will be showing their support at the end of the race by climbing the 40 flights in full firefighter gear – helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, boots and air pack – weighing more than 45 pounds. Firefighters have an increased risk for lung disease from the exposure to gases, chemicals and smoke in the line of duty.

Fight for Air climbers can participate individually or as a team. Registration is $30 per participant, or $15 early registration before January 13, and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Kernan at

Amanda.Kernan@Lung.org or 314.645.5505, or visit www.FightForAirClimb.org.

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