NOW:53051:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
75°
H 75° L 59°
Partly Cloudy | 6MPH

It’s Personal: Air Fight for Air Climber reaches for new heights

Feb. 20, 2013

"Most of you probably think your mom is one of the strongest, most important people you know! I know I do!

My mom passed away on March 19, 2009 from COPD and emphysema. She had smoked since she was a young teenager...it was a source of anger and frustration in our family. My dad did also, and though he managed to quit many years before my mom finally quit, he had COPD and emphysema as well. Sadly, on August 7, 2012, he also lost his fight to this hideous disease. So now, because of cigarettes and the resulting disease, my kids have lost two grandparents and I have lost my parents. It makes me mad, sad, and just sick at times.

My sister, daughter and I all struggle with asthma. My daughter and I have recently started doing some new things through our diets and have both been allergy and asthma medicine FREE since January 1 of 2012. It is very exciting but the asthma isn't gone. I can still see it start to flare because of things like weather, foods we eat, illness, or who knows what else. Much more research is needed to learn how to manage this disease without a lifetime of medicine.

So, as a tribute to my mom and dad and the wonderful life they gave me, I am doing this climb each year on the anniversary of her passing. Do it for anyone you know who has asthma, who smokes, who quit, who can't quit, who breathes…"

These words were written by Sussex resident Colleen Boehm. Colleen will be climbing to the top of the U.S. Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee in the 5th annual American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb on Saturday, March 23, 7:00am – noon. She’s doing it to honor her parents, and because she wants to demonstrate that no-one needs to let lung disease limit their living life to the fullest.

The Fight for Air Climb is a vertical race to climb 47 floors -- 1,034 steps! It’s a one-of-a-kind event, and it only happens once a year.

Registration is $25; a minimum $100 fundraising is required of all participants.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin has been the event’s Presenting Sponsor for five years.

The Climb is open to anyone age 13 and older; teams and individuals welcome. Timed intervals will be used to ease congestion and back-up on the stairs.

For those seeking an extreme athletic challenge, there is the Ultimate Challenge in which participants climb the steps as many times as they are able.

Proceeds raised at the event will support the Lung Association’s medical research, programs and advocacy efforts for lung cancer asthma, COPD, tobacco use and clean air.

For information, or to register, visit http://www.lungusa.org/pledge-events/wi/milwaukee-climb/. To support Colleen and her team “Strong Mamas” go to http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?px=4101567&pg=personal&fr_id=5990.





 

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Poll: Will Whitefish Bay or Germantown win in Week 3 matchup? 01:00 PM

» Department of Transportation prepares for full closure of Highway 41 07:43 AM

» Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29 8/29

» Germantown officials respond to mandated revaluation of village 8/27

» Bay boys soccer team opens NSC defense with 3-0 win over GT 8/26

» Plan proceeds for large Falls apartment project Updated:  8/26

» Germantown district pursues personalized learning options 8/26

» Germantown district examines possible changes to employee handbook 8/25

» Germantown officers urge people to protect against accidental emergency calls 8/25

» Police seeking man who claimed he was Ozaukee County lieutenant 8/25

» Germantown affirms heavyweight status 8/22

» Oak Creek rallies for victory over Falls 8/22

» Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22 8/22

» Peeping Tom caught in the act at Germantown bar 8/21

» Peeping Tom caught in the act at Germantown bar 8/21

» Menomonee Falls considers its twelfth TIF 8/20

» Menomonee Avenue facelift almost complete 8/20

» Menomonee Falls revises policy on placement of campaign signs 8/19

» Water rates in Menomonee Falls could spike as much as 9 percent 8/18

» Work on Menomonee River Bridge begins tonight 8/18

» Nicolet cancels varsity football season 8/14

» Brandtjen tops GOP field in Assembly primary 8/13

» Severson earns easy victory over challenger 8/13

» Eric Severson wins landslide vote for Waukesha County sheriff Updated:  8/12

» Menomonee Falls woman gets 30 months on tax, mail, food stamp fraud 8/11

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Local Business Directory

CONNECT