Take to the Stairs and Fight for Clean Air

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INDEPENDENCE OH (02/11/2011)(readMedia)-- If the stairs don't take your breath away, the view from the top of the Terminal Tower will.

The American Lung Association is holding their FIRST Fight For Air Climb in Cleveland, and they're looking for participants to help them in their fight for clean air.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, climbers, walkers, runners, fire fighters and supporters of the American Lung Association will climb Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. Participants will challenge themselves to climb 42 flights of stairs which is 804 steps while raising money to help support the fight against lung diseases. The goal of the event is to raise $80,000 to support lung health research, education and advocacy in Northeast Ohio.

The climb festivities begin with registration starting at 8 a.m. First off will be firefighters at 9:30 a.m. competing in the Firefighters Challenge in full gear. They will be followed by the Competitive Climbers. The final option is those participants who will climb at their own pace. The Climb will finish in the early afternoon. All festivities take place at the Terminal Tower, 50 Public Square.

Registration for the Fight for Air Climb is $30. In addition, participants raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and can quality for a variety of incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise.

Lung diseases such as asthma and COPD cannot yet be cured, but they can be managed. Making sure people know what's needed to take control of these lung diseases is one of the American Lung Association's top priorities. 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD. Lung cancer is America's #1 cancer killer.

Sign-ups for the climb are well underway, but space is still available for individuals or teams. Anyone interested in more information, or in making a donation to support this event can call (216) 532-8203 or visit the website at www.climbcleveland.org.