ALA Georgia to conduct virtual fundraiser thru June 20

The American Lung Association in Georgia distributed the following press release on May 20…

The American Lung Association in Georgia announced today that its annual ‘Fight For Air Climb’ presented by Emory Lung Transplant Center will be a virtual event due to the threat of coronavirus. The virtual fundraising event will take place from May 20 to June 20.

Registrants will use the upcoming weeks to prepare for the virtual climb. On Saturday, June 20, the climb will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony that can be viewed on Facebook Live (Fight For Air Climb Atlanta). Participants will have the remainder of the day to accumulate as many miles as possible by walking, biking, or running. Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 21 on Facebook Live.

Participants planned to join the American Lung Association back in April to race up 51 flights of stairs at 191 Peachtree Tower in Atlanta to raise money for lung research.

Hundreds of registrants are now fundraising to support life-saving lung disease research and the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics.

The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to expand the association’s ongoing respiratory research program, enhance key public health measures, and establish an advanced network to stop future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative will also work with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests, and treatment therapies.

Participants will now compete using the Strava app to track their miles in support of the Lung Association. Results will be available through the leaderboard which lists every participant’s mileage. Registrants are also encouraged to document their own personal fitness challenge and post their results on social media using the hashtags #FightForAirClimb #EveryStepCounts and #ClimbAgainstCOVID. Participants are to select a challenge that could be done safely without putting themselves at any risk and to adhere to current local restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

“We’re grateful for the hundreds of participants that will participate in the virtual event in support of lung disease research. Now more than ever is when our community needs to come together, virtually, to end COVID-19. This is a way that we can do that right here in Atlanta,” said Rochelle Smalls, executive director of the American Lung Association in Georgia.

ALA Georgia ‘Fight For Air Climb’ web page