On Saturday, March 5th, 2016, the American Lung Association organized its 7th Annual Fight for Air Climb in an effort to support the fight against lung cancer and other lung diseases. Four of our Dr. Tavel employees participated in the grueling stair climb, which consisted of 47 flights and 1,054 total stairs. The event took place in the Chase Tower, the tallest building in downtown Indianapolis.
The team of four created the team name “Weekend Warriors”, inspired by the name of a weekend step challenge on a fitness device called a FitBit. The Weekend Warriors combined to raise $440 to support the cause, with the largest donation coming from the owner himself, Dr. Alan Tavel, OD. All four completed the climb, but not without gaining a deeper appreciation for a healthy pair of lungs.
A total of 877 climbers took part in the charity climb. The grand total of money raised from the event was over $302,000!
We owe a big thank you to the American Lung Association for organizing the challenging, educational, and successful event. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. An estimated 158,000 Americans died from lung cancer in 2015, accounting for approximately 27 percent of cancer deaths. Over 20 million Americans have asthma, and 15 million have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
If you wish to donate, or learn more about lungs, please visit www.lung.org.