Step Up to the Challenge

Why We Climb

We climb for our friends and loved ones who suffer from lung cancer and all lung diseases.

Let's make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs.


My name is Sandy and this is why I climb.

My journey began eight years ago the day after Christmas, My father, my hero, my superman, was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. He was stage 4, "a walking dead man" as the doctors put it. He was given just a few months to live. His "few months" turned into 11 to be exact. Those 11 months were so precious to me! I watched my hero fight and beat most odds! He never let this "cancer" get him down. It just confirmed my beliefs all along, my dad was "Superman"! Unfortunatley, my "Superman" lost his battle November 12, 2008. It's been 8 years without my daddy, but everytime I look into my son's eyes I see my "Superman" all over again!

With each step I take up the 42 floors (802 steps) I will be thinking of my hero that I lost, my uncle that beat it, the dear ones that I have known that this disease has taken from me and their families and all those that struggle to breathe.


My name is Lovette Russell, and this is why I climb.

Almost everyone knows that I suffer from pulmonary fibrosis and breathing for me is a huge challenge. All of the simple things in life - like walking up a flight of stairs, laughing really hard, getting dressed in the morning, I certainly took these things for granted. Now in order for me to do any of these I have to have my oxygen machine with me. One of the things that I miss the most is being able to do anything athletic. My colleagues are participating in the Fight For Air Climb. Since I can't do the climb, they are doing it in my honor. They have even come up with a cool team name - Team Hustle for Russell. I soooo wish that I was able to participate physically but since I cannot, I am working hard on raising funds for this great cause. Since I can't physically win the race, I ABSOLUTELY want to raise the most money for this cause. Please consider a donation, your dollars will go toward improving lung health and preventing lung disease.


My name is Mike Lemos, Jr., and this is why I climb.

Many of us have witnessed or been through the cruel disease of cancer... it has been a couple of hard years now since our Meme lost her 2+ year battle with lung cancer. She was very strong and an amazing woman who could light up the darkest of rooms with her beautiful smile. Those who knew her or were at her celebration of life know exactly what I'm talking about. So I am climbing in her loving memory. I love and miss you Meme.


My name is Chuck Roberts, and this is why I climb.

The Eagle Fire Department will take to the stairs and climb in support of the American Lung Association. Our motivation is simple; each year we receive many "difficulty breathing" calls for service. Unless you have experienced this first hand it is difficult to understand the distress of not being able to breathe efficiently. There are many causes for this condition; some are hereditary, some are lifestyle oriented, and others are directly related to pollutants in the environment. The American Lung Association funds and supports research, lung health and environmental programs to combat the many causes of "difficulty breathing". Your donation to the American Lung Association would be appreciated.

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