According to the Lung.org website, The Fight for Air Fundraisers are really “a vertical road race”, where participants and teams can come together to raise money for the American Lung Association as well as meet another fitness goal.
Just as with many other fund raising events for a medical cause or organization, athelets have the opportunity to contribute and pay tribute to those who cannot breathe properly, those with chronic diseases such as COPD or asthma, those with lung cancer, and future generations to have better medical technology to treat lung ailments.
The Fight for Air Climbs involve the participants running or walking upward in large vertical places such as city sky scrapers, arenas and stadiums. These places are all controlled environments, so it's completely safe for participants who have been checked out by their doctors to be able to participate.
If you have COPD, lung cancer, asthma, or any other disease that affects the lungs, or if you have a loved one who suffers from one, then this cause is probably close to your heart. You don't need to be an athlete, or even be able to do the climb at all to make your contribution. You can donate to an individual or team who are participating, to do your part in helping the American Lung Association fund research to help those with lung cancer and other lung diseases. You can also volunteer your time in helping out with the event.
This even takes place on February 23rd 2014, at the Republic Plaza building in downtown Denver, which not only the tallest building in Denver, but it is the tallest building in this region of the country. The Fight for Air Climb participants will climb all 56 floors of this massive building, which includes taking a total of 1,098 steps. To put it in perspective if you've never seen the Republic Plaza building – it is about half the height of the Empire State Building. The girth of the building also takes up two of the city blocks in downtown Denver.
Each participant is required to raise a total of $100 or more to participate, which they need to turn in by the end of the day after the event is over, with prizes for teams who raised over $250 and prizes for those who raised the most money overall.
You find out the rest of the information for this great fundraiser event at the American Lung Association website for the 2014 Fight for Air Climb, including a registration form if you want to participate, and more info about parking, an after party, etc.