CINCINNATI — The American Lung Association in Ohio’s Fight For Air Climb took place Sunday, and participants raised more than $140,000 all while advocating for lung disease prevention.
More than 550 people signed up to climb the steps of Great American Ball Park on Sunday and climbers raised majority of the organization's $139,000 goal by mid-morning. Stadium climbers total 843 steps in the ballpark, whereas first responders and firefighters climb the ballpark's upper-level bowl totaling 1,200 stairs. Climbers also have the option to participate in the "Power Hour" where they can climb around the stadium as many times as possible in one hour.
The top participant was Jeffrey Bartlett who raised more than $3,500; the top team was Cincinnati Fire who raised more than $11,000; and the top company was TriHealth Hospital who raised more than $4,900.
For those that couldn't participate in person, the American Lung Association held the Climb Your Way program, which allows individuals to be active at home or wherever they'd prefer alongside those at GABP.
The money will support the organization’s efforts in research, advocacy and education, with 89 cents of every dollar going toward those efforts. In total, the American Lung Association has funded $165 million in lung health research as they serve nearly 37 million Americans with lung disease.
"The biggest goal here is to raise awareness about fighting lung disease,” volunteer Patrice Ligon said. “You know, we just want to make sure people understand there’s groups out there like us that help you and give you ways to fight it."
You can learn more about the American Lung Association’s work and make a donation here.
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