DynCorp International team members in Fort Worth, Texas, raised more than $6,000 to benefit the American Lung Association through the 2013 American Lung Association (ALA) Fight for Air Climb. DI team members not only raised funds to benefit the ALA, but also participated in the vertical 5K, a climb up 53 floors of the Renaissance Towers in Dallas, Texas.
Funds raised from the climb will directly benefit ALA’s activities that raise awareness on and help fight asthma, second-hand smoke, lung cancer, emphysema and COPD.
ALA Fight for Air Climbs
Fight for Air Climbs are unique fundraising events for the American Lung Association. Most take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a “vertical road race,” teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or just a way to be active and meet new people. ALA Climbs are also a way individuals can show their support for someone who has lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. Through public donations, the ALA is “Fighting for Air,” focusing on the following areas:
- Lung Disease – Lung disease is the third highest cause of death in the U.S., and ALA is fighting lung disease with research, education and advocacy at the local, state and national level.
- Childhood Asthma – Asthma affects more than 7 million children and is the leading serious chronic illness among children in the U.S. ALA provides vital research support as well as facilitates partnerships and provides training, tools and resources to educate school personnel, healthcare providers and families to improve asthma care for children.
- Lung Cancer – Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide. ALA funds vital lung cancer research and educates millions each year on the disease.
- Secondhand Smoke – ALA’s Smokefree Air Challenge has now been met by 27 states, prohibiting smoking in most public places.
- Smoking – The ALA has been a leader in the fight to stop tobacco companies from targeting children in advertising and properly labeling tobacco products.
- Healthy Air – ALA helps fight to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority and funding to continue to protect the public from unhealthy air pollution.