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Fight for Air Climb raises $230,000 for lung disease

Fight for Air Climb to raise money for lung disease
Posted at 7:58 AM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 18:14:52-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roughly 800 people climbed stairs Sunday for a reason - lung disease.

The event, organized by the American Lung Association, raised $230,000 to help fund research and programs that help those who have been diagnosed with lung disease, according to a news release.

“Today, the community came together to support the 800,000 people in Kansas and Missouri who live with lung diseases like lung cancer, COPD and asthma," Linda Crider, executive director for the Lung Association, stated in the release. "It is humbling to see the amazing support of our participants, sponsors and volunteers."

The money also helps provide local programming to help children manage their asthma and programs to help people quit smoking.

First responders and families that have lost a loved one to lung disease are all climbing today.

This is the fifth year of the Fight for Air Climb. The climb began at 8 a.m. at One Kansas City Place downtown.