Louis Goldberg, of Sandy Springs, and 15 family members and friends will be participating in honor of his brother-in-law Grover, who passed away from a hereditary lung disease last month.
“My brother Stanley organized us all together. We decided to get a group together and do different events in his memory,” Goldberg said. “It’s just a chance for us to all get together and celebrate his life.”
He said his brother-in-law was a poet, and the group will be reading his poems and songs on the way up to the top. Association Development Director Carol Wisdom said it hopes to raise $90,000 this year, and is still looking for volunteers to help out at the event.
“We are looking for everyone to have a safe but fun climb and hoping to raise a lot of money for the American Lung Association throughout Georgia,” Wisdom said.
Money made from the climb will go toward funding of lung research, education and advocacy statewide. All fitness types attend the event, including serious athletes, corporate executives climbing in teams and families like Goldberg’s finishing the climb in memory of someone affected by lung disease. Plus, there is a contest for climbers in athletic clothing and a firefighter challenge in full firefighting gear.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department firefighter Michael Stacy, of Vinings, said he is looking forward to helping raise money and awareness about lung diseases.
“My grandfather actually died from emphysema. He was a longtime smoker,” Stacy said. “It directly affects my family. Anything I can do to help the cause, I definitely want to.”
He said he and his fellow firemen have been practicing on stair climbers and treadmills to prepare, and there will be firefighters from all over the metro Atlanta area participating.
If you go:
o What: Fight for Air Climb
o When: Saturday at 8 a.m.
o Where: 191 Peachtree St., downtown Atlanta.
o Tickets: $25 for individuals ages 10 and up, and $15 for firefighters
o Information: www.FightForAirClimbAtlanta.org