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Twenty Story Stair Climb Raises Money for American Lung Association

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Rochester: Twenty Story Stair Climb Raises Money for American Lung Association
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Dozens of people and local firefighters took to the stairwell of the Baush and Lomb building Saturday morning, racing to the top.

It was a challenge supporting the American Lung Association.

Twenty stories and more than 450 stairs.

"Four-hundred steps, with about forty pounds on my back. It's going to be a challenge," said Brockport firefighter Zachary Delany.

Delany is determined to get up every last one with the help of a dear friend.

"I'll have Roger on my back today. He'll help me get up on all those stairs," said Delany.

Delany's former colleague Roger was a longtime volunteer with the Brockport Fire Department. He died of lung cancer in October.

"He's just an all around great guy. The kind of guy that when it's raining, he's out dancing in the rain. He's smiling and cracking jokes. He just kept us all united throughout his service time there," said Delany.

Delany is just one of about a hundred people who climbed the stairwell at the Baush and Lomb tower as part of Rochester's first Fight for Air Climb.

"We have her [his wife's] father who is battling with lung cancer. My son has asthma, so it's a very important thing for us because we have family members who are battling with this situation," said climber Dameion Greene.

The challenge brought out firefighters from six different companies and families who wanted to climb as a personal way to raise awareness.

"My son Liam over here with me. He has asthma and we got involved when we learned that Liam had asthma and we decided that we need to get a little more educated and a little more involved," said climber Will Hoy.

The American Lung Association hopes to raise $50,000 towards programs toward awareness and prevention.

"We're climbing today because other people can't. They have asthma or they are suffering with COPD which are things like emphysema and chronic bronchitis," said American Lung Association Development Director Bonnie Webster.

Climbers hope that by making it to the top their cause will mean just as much as their accomplishment.

"I think it's good that we are raising money and it will help a lot of people," said 10-year old Carly Hoy.

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