Kelly Rippin reports: Local stair climb challenge raises awareness

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Running a mile might not sound like an extreme challenge but what if that mile was all up hill? FOX19's Kelly Rippin reported live at Carew Tower where competitors are putting themselves to the test!

It doesn't take a mountain for the climb of your life. Hundreds of Tri-State residents dedicated stepped up for those who can't.

The American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb is a unique fundraising event.  It is a vertical climb up the stairs of some of their tallest buildings.

It is a challenge of the lungs, physical stamina and determination to end lung disease. Residents climbed for those affected by Asthma, from infants to older adults.

Residents also climbed for those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, the leading cancer killer for both smokers and non-smokers.

Residents also climbed for those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and struggle to breathe every day of their lives.

The climb took participants to the top floors of one of our city's tallest buildings, one step at a time.  Floor by floor, each participant raised awareness and funds for the fight against lung diseases.

The Fight for Air Climb is about raising funds for research, advocacy for cleaner air and support for those who want healthy lungs and freedom from smoking.

Lung diseases have no boundaries.  They strike our loved ones everyday and make just one step a climb for those affected. But today, the Tri-State can make a difference.

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