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'Fight for Air Climb' goes virtual and contributes to fighting COVID-19

The 15th Annual American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb is virtual this year and investing $25 million into fighting COVID-19.

TAMPA, Fla. — To keep everyone safe -- but still raise important funds -- the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb is going virtual.

This year, instead of climbing the stairs of the Bank of America building, you'll download the Strava app and do whatever activity you want and record it! 

Proceeds from this event will go toward the COVID-19 Action Initiative Plan. It's a $25 million investment.

It goes toward ongoing respiratory research programs, enhancing public health measures through education and advocacy and to stop future respiratory future pandemics. 

"For us to be able to contribute to research and help with a specific thing that's affecting so many Americans and people worldwide right now this is core down to what the beliefs and mission that we do," says Gina Lewis with the American Lung Association. 

This is the 15th Annual Fight for Air Climb. So for $15, you can participate between May 15 and June 15. 

Sign up here: https://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=18596&pg=entry 

Lewis says The American Lung Association was originally founded for tuberculosis and it is the only nonprofit organization that's ever cured the issue that it started with. 

After that, it expanded to more research and advocacy for other lung diseases that affect 35 million Americans every day. 

Fighting coronavirus is a natural transition for the association. 

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