Friday, December 28th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura
Do you know what it feels like to not be able to breathe? Breathing is a basic function needed to exist, but it’s hard to do with medical conditions and diseased lungs.
The American Lung Association wants to raise awareness and research funds for diseases like asthma, COPD, and lung cancer with a special event. The 9th annual Fight For Air Climb will be held on Feb. 16 at Rhodes Tower.
Senior Development Manager Brittany Sinzinger said this is the organization’s largest fundraiser, usually bringing in $100,000 that stays local to be used for research, patient education, informational programs in schools, and advocacy efforts.
Ohio Basement Authority is excited to partner with the local American Lung Association in this special event. Some of our team members will be volunteering by handing out water to participants and cheering them on as they climb Rhodes Tower’s 40 floors. We also will have an informational table where you can learn about radon testing and mitigation and creating a healthier home.
Radon is a deadly health hazard present in homes across the globe. This naturally occurring gas is produced by the decay of uranium in rocks and soil. It cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, but its health effects are very real. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and more than 20,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur every year.
No level of radon is safe, but it’s important to have a radon mitigation system in your home to draw radon from the house and lower these indoor levels as much as possible. Our expert team can help you test for radon and then install this vital mitigation system.
Sinzinger said she was excited to find a partner like Ohio Basement Authority to shed more light on the silent hazard that is radon.
“Radon awareness is getting better,” she said. “Typically, lung cancer is associated with smoking. But it doesn’t mean you have to have smoked to have lung cancer. There are other factors like radon to be aware of. Especially at health fairs, people are interested in learning more about radon and how it comes about. What we want to do is educate people and save lives.”
Along with the essential education pieces, the Fight For Air Climb promises to be a challenging and entertaining event. Locally, it has grown immensely from 50 participants in the first climb, to an estimated 450 climbers this time around. The climb’s varied crowd includes families, athletic participants, those suffering with asthma and COPD, and even firefighters who trek up the stairs in full gear.
To learn more about the local Fight For Air Climb, or to register or donate, go to www.climbcolumbus.org.