HARTFORD - Six Kelser employees took on the 688 stairs at Hartford 21 and raised $1,804 in support of the American Lung Association at their annual Fight for Air Climb.
The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. These vertical marathons are held in prominent buildings in cities across the country. Teams of co-workers, friends, family, etc. climb up the stairs of these buildings in a timed event all the while raising funds and awareness for the American Lung Association and their fight for clean air and healthy lungs. According to the American Lung Association, over 30,000 people participated in 63 total Fight for Air Climb events last year and helped to raise more than $8 million.
The Kelser Krew finished as the fourth fastest non-firefighter team overall. They were lead on the stairs by Customer Support Specialist Devin Kelly who raced up the 34 floors in 4 minutes and 53 seconds – good for the fourteenth fastest individual, non-firefighter overall time.
"The Climb is always a good time and a great way to raise funds for the American Lung Association," said Kelly, who was participating in his fourth climb. "The way I see it, if I’m lucky enough to have healthy lungs at this point in my life I may as well take advantage of it in order to raise money for those who might not be so fortunate."
While Kelly was the leader on the stairs, Technical Services Manager Rob Backus lead the team in fundraising before the event.
"Kelser is a great supporter of the American Lung Association which is one of the reasons I climb," said Backus, also participating in his fourth climb. "The other reason, and more importantly, is that so many people have issues breathing and if I can support them by getting donations and by making others aware of the issues, it’s the least I can do. I can breathe, therefore I climb."
Learn more about the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb at their website.
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