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NJ Firefighters Featured in Fundraising Calendar

NJ Firefighters Featured in Fundraising Calendar

Garden State firefighters are helping fight lung disease! The first-ever fundraising calendar for the Fight For Air Climb will feature firefighters from New Jersey’s own Roseland and Fort Lee.

The Fight For Air Climb is an annual challenge attracting firefighters from across the United States. Hosted by the American Lung Association, participants race to the top of enormous staircases, all while wearing over 45 pounds of equipment.

The event brings the firefighting community together, and raises awareness about lung disease. Lung disease is a serious concern for firefighters and other emergency responders, who often suffer prolonged exposure to smoke.

Perry Lee, the Team Captain of the Roseland Fire Department, has been doing the Climb for 7 years. Lee was diagnosed in 2019 with lung cancer, and has personally raised over $11,000 for the cause.

“…I know personally what it means to fight lung disease,” says Lee. “Participating in this event alongside my first responder brothers and sisters gives me a sense of solidarity…and it reminds me of what we are capable of when we all support each other.”

Other Garden State heroes featured include Fort Lee’s Luis Acevedo, Kaheel Thomas, and Will Diaz. Their team has participated in the Fight For Air for the last 2 years, and raised over $5,000.

Want to help support the fight against lung disease? These 2021 calendars are available for purchase now!

To learn more about the American Lung Association—and about the Fight For Air Climb—be sure to check out their website.

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Bridget McAllister

Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Bridget McAllister studied Television, Radio & Film at Syracuse University before returning to New Jersey in 2019. With a passion for multimedia production and a background in nonfiction and journalism, she loves learning more about all that goes on in her home state. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and writing for pleasure.

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