Portsmouth Fire Department to raise money for American Lung Association

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Fire Department will participate in the Fight for Air Climb to raise money for the American Lung Association. 

The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers and other buildings across the country, giving participants the opportunity to join together with friends, family and co-workers as they climb the stairs of the building to the top.

This year’s local event will take place on March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in Providence. 

Portsmouth Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike O’Brien, Firefighter Greg Carcieri, Firefighter Dylan Miniati and Firefighter Brendan Phelan will head to Providence to raise money for the American Lung Association.

To help out and contribute to the American Lung Association, local residents can sponsor a participant. Each participating member from the Portsmouth Fire Department is seeking to raise $100 (or a total of $500 for the entire team). 

To sponsor a Portsmouth firefighter, visit the Portsmouth team page here

As of Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Portsmouth team raised a total of $259 or 51 percent of their $500 goal. 

“Together, with your help, we can raise much needed awareness and funds for healthy lungs and healthy air. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” according to the Portsmouth team page. 

“That’s why we have decided to climb with the American Lung Association. Raising awareness of air quality and lung diseases such as COPD, lung cancer and asthma is so important. It helps fulfill the mission of the Lung Association, to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

“Your donation will help fund lung health research, education and resources. We’ll take the Climb one stair at a time, and you can help us strive for a healthier tomorrow.”

The Fight for Air Climb has been taking place for more than a decade and has raised more than $40 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

More than 30,000 participants from 51 climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $8 million. 

To learn more about the Fight for Air Climb, visit its website here

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