Venues ‘Go Up for Air’ to Support Lung Disease Awareness in Tampa Bay – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – Every year, millions of people are affected by lung diseases, affecting many families. The American Lung Association is raising awareness and funding to help fight this deadly disease.

Supporting those who fight for every breath, Fight For Air Climb in Tampa highlights healthy lungs and clean air while climbing stairs at some of our country’s most iconic locations. This week they will arrive in Tampa Bay.

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“I have friends who have died. I have friends who are currently battling cancer, so…I lost my father,” explained Melissa Lallas, a local participant.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US So 200 teams are climbing through the air to raise funds for those affected by the deadly disease.

“We work and try to do everything we can to allow a way out for those who may be suffering and want to tell the story of their loved ones,” said Steven Riddle, executive director of the American Lung Association, Gulf Coast. “In fact, we allow them to shout at their family members for their support. it’s our 17the year for our Fight for Aerial Climbing. It’s our biggest fundraiser here in the community.”

Up 1,400 steps, families, first responders and teams will climb Raymond James Stadium for the second year on Friday to support those affected.

“We have roughly 600 people joining us to climb, ages 4 to 84,” Riddle said.

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“It was my first time doing it at this stadium and I did two rounds with my friend Jen here. Both rounds were great,” said Marisa Barton, a local firefighter and participant. “I’ve been up the Bank of America tower several times, so I’ve been training there too. I think all the training there also helped today go smoothly.”

The money raised will fund the lung association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease and the Covid-19 Action Initiative, an effort to address Covid-19 and future respiratory virus pandemics.

“The problem is that extra layer that is added to people with asthma, COPD, lung cancer, emphysema, and even pneumonia,” Riddle said. “Ninety cents of every dollar donated goes to our programs and services that impact our local community.”

“I really love the idea of ​​supporting a great charity and backing it up. This race in Tampa will be the third and definitely not the last,” added Lallas, who is also participating.

That event is scheduled from 5:30 to 10:00 pm on Friday. To register, visit

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