Step Up to the Challenge

Why We Climb

We climb for our friends and loved ones who suffer from lung disease.

My name is Pete Richison and this is why I climb.

I have completed the American Lung Association Firefighter Stair Climbs 5 years in a row, and I am now planning to make a 6th climb! This will be my second year of building a new climb team at the Whitehall Fire Department.

Let me explain why I do these climbs.

My dad was diagnosed several years ago with a rare and unusual form of asthma. It came on suddenly and completely turned his life, and his health, upside down. If you know me or dad personally, you are well aware of all of the life changes that have resulted from this affliction. As a firefighter/paramedic I make my living by helping people, and my dad's case there just anything I can directly do to help. This leads to a feeling of helplessness the first few years of his disease. Then I heard about the ALA Stair Climb for firefighters and I realized THIS is what I could do to help him and people like him! My fundraising efforts lead directly to research, advocacy, and education on behalf of all Americans who struggle to breathe.

I have now made it my passion to raise as much money as possible annually for the American Lung Association by taking donations towards my climb to the top of a nearly 50 story building in my full firefighter gear. Each year my friends and family, and even complete strangers, have blown me away with the amount of money they contribute to this cause on my behalf. This year I have set a personal goal of $2000 in fundraising and I am certain I can surpass that goal with your help. Over the last five years my teams have raised nearly $25,000 towards the goals of the American Lung Association, and this year we will keep making a real difference, together!

Once again in February I will embark on a difficult journey. I will battle my way up over 800 stairs to reach the top of the Rhodes Tower in Columbus, wearing full firefighter gear weighing nearly 50 pounds. I will do this because I CAN, on behalf of those who CAN'T.

I want you to join me on this extraordinary challenge, by making a donation on my behalf. Every single dollar helps, please click the link below right now, and get involved in changing lives!

Together we CAN change the world for the better by helping those who struggle, just to breathe, every day.

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