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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.


LaurieandBill My name is Laurie and this is why I climb:

I climb the stairs of the Carew Tower for three reasons my father who died of lung cancer, my mother who died of emphysema, but primarily for my brother, Bill, who lost his six year battle with lung cancer three (?) years ago.

Growing up with Bill was both a privilege and a challenge. We certainly had our differences, but as I grew older, I began to realize that we were two sides of the same coin. I seemed to follow in his footsteps…when he quit smoking, I quit smoking. When he quit drinking, I quit drinking. He was a lawyer, I was a paralegal. When he lost his health, I lost my husband. We called it lockstep.

Bill was very good at whatever he chose to do, but he learned to become the best husband, the best father, the best brother and lastly, the best lawyer. As long as he had the facts, he could find a solution to whatever the problem was. Cancer got in the way, but you would never have known watching him. When my husband died nine(?) years ago, Bill got on a plane, shortly after surgery that removed one of his lungs, to be with me. From then on, we spent hours on the phone trying to understand where we were headed, what was in store, what it all meant. Bill taught me many things, but most importantly, Bill taught me to be kind. It became his trademark as he went through each of life’s bumps and God knows, he had more than his fair share of those!!!! That kindness, together with his sense of humor, was something to behold. Whenever he was around, you couldn’t help but want to join in and share in the laughter that so often surrounded him. Volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Seattle was something very dear and important to Bill. The children would light up when Mac appeared….he became a child again doing everything he could to help them forget about their cancer. Ironically, they ended up helping him forget his cancer.

I climb the stairs of the Carew Tower to not only raise awareness, but also to raise money. Money for research, research that will one day be the key to solving the mystery of lung cancer and its insidious reach into the lives of so many unsuspecting people. Headway is being made with gene therapy and immunotherapy, but there is a lot more work to do. To quote Paul A. Marks, President Emeritus of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “The truth, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it may be, is that medical science has never faced a more inscrutable, more mutable, or more ruthless adversary. It is a unique disease. Cancer is, in a way, the body’s war on itself.”

Breath is life, without breath, there is no life. I climb the Carew Tower to ensure that everyone has the chance to take that breath, over and over and over again.


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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