Photo: American Lung Association
Here is Renee's interview with Jeremy McDonald, MBA, Director of Development for the American Lung Association in Connecticut and Doug Clarke, Teacher at Wilcox Tech HS in Meriden, Rocky Hill Firefighter and 5 year Lung Cancer FIGHTER!!!
COVID-19 has also proven to be especially dangerous to those already living with chronic lung disease, which today affects over 35 million Americans.
- Here in Connecticut alone, according to last year’s State of the Air report, there are more than 70,000 kids with pediatric asthma, and nearly 300,000 adults with asthma. Plus another 153,000 with COPD, and 2,116 with Lung Cancer.
- These events event shines the spot light on lung disease – and allows each of us to experience just a shred of we call the Fight For Air – something they experience daily.
- It raises awareness and funds so that we can come together as a community to support those suffering with lung diseases including COVID-19, invest in more treatments to help them live healthier lives, and research how to end lung disease for good.
This year, people can participate virtually or in person – outside! To climb or walk virtually, simply check out our Climb21 challenge for a chance to Climb Your Way , wherever you are!
· For the 21 days leading up to our event date join us as we “climb” the steps of famous landmarks across the globe, nation and in your own backyard.
· Just like every other year, many of our participants are climbing in honor of someone who is fighting or has fought lung disease – and are working to raise awareness about diseases like lung cancer.
· This year, we know that many are participating to do their part to fight COVID-19 and in honor of someone who has struggling with the virus.
· Despite the seriousness of lung disease– these events are going to be a lot of fun. It’s NOT going to be easy – it’s hard – but it’s supposed to be hard. It symbolizes the fight for air that people with lung disease struggle with every day.
· Or you can still register to join us! Gather your friends and family – and start training for a fun, exhausting and impactful day, fighting lung cancer.