Step Up to the Challenge

Why We Climb

We climb for our friends and loved ones who suffer from lung cancer, the leading cancer killer.

TuckerMy name is Letitia and this is why I climb.

This sums up the day; He made it to the top! This is Tuck at the top of the Wyndham 17+ minutes after leaving the bottom. He was determined to climb it himself. Thirty two flights and he climbed all but 5 flights himself. (Dad had to carry him five flights.) Twenty seven flights of stairs from the baby that probably wouldn't survive his first year, the kid who currently has an aneurysm on his heart, pulmonary stenosis, a pulmonary valve that is junk and asthma. – Letitia 


AndrewMy name is Andrew and this is why I climb.

I have struggled with asthma my whole life. On top of that for over a year and a half now I have also had issues with pneumonia. In February I had 2 separate hospital stays. 1 for a severe case of pneumonia and 2 weeks later another hospital stay for a collapsed lung. This caused me to miss out on the Fight for Air Climb last year. It's been a long road of recovery from all that's happened in the past year, but I am happy to participate in such a great cause again! – Andrew E. 


CherriMy name is Cherri and this is why I climb.

I climb to prove to myself and others that asthma doesn't have to be a barrier. 2016 was my second successful climb to the top and I can't wait for the 2017 climb to make my successful trips to the top a three-peat! – Cherri 


Mary LMy name is Mary and this is why I climb.

I am climbing up these 32 flights of stairs for the sixth year in a row. My mom died suddenly of an asthma attack when I was just 16. She was only 42. Because of her death, all six of her children (ages 18, 16, 13, 11, 9, and 3) grew up without a mom. I am climbing in her honor. I am a single mom of two young children. I have suffered from asthma since my teen years. It was never bad enough to exclude me from activities. But the heavier I got, the more easily I was winded and the more labored my breathing would become. In August of 2010, I decided that enough was enough. It was time for me to take a stand for my health. I started running and strength training in addition to eating better. I have since run many short and long distance races including many 5Ks, 10Ks, 15Ks, Half-Marathons, and one Full Marathon. I have lost weight, earned confidence, and above all else increased the likelihood of living longer for my children. I am showing my children how to make healthy life choices. – Mary


Mark BMy name is Mark and this is why I climb.

I climb because I remember a time when I couldn't breath or move anything below my chest. I climb to celebrate life, every breathe, and every step!" ...and most importantly, "To share it with others I meet! - Mark B.



TinaMy name is Tina and this is why I climb.

I did this climb last year in honor of my uncle Dick, who passed away from lung cancer in January of 2013. This year, I climb to help my great aunt Sue, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I am doing the Ultimate Climb, which means I will climb as many times as I can climb 32 floors in an hour. Last year, I climbed it 5 times. I'm hoping to beat that this year! - Tina B. 

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