The morning of March 10 was a special day at the Coast Edmonton Plaza as more than 150 participants climbed 20 storeys of the hotel in support of The Lung Association, AB & NWT. Edmonton’s first ever Boardwalk Rental Communities StairClimb for Clean Air was a success.
One of the highlights of the event was the heartfelt speech by Morris Irvine, a double lung transplant survivor. The resident of Lindbergh waited nine months on a transplant list. He received his new lungs on March 13, 2011 at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he spent four days in intensive care and 17 days recovering. On Sunday morning, Morris celebrated the impending second anniversary of his transplant by climbing the 20 flights of stairs. “It was nothing,” he said after finishing the 20-flight climb. “I could have gone farther.”
The Lung Association’s fearless leader, Leigh Allard, took on the 20 flights of stairs and climbed alongside Morris. Although, according to Leigh, Morris took an early lead and maintained it all the way to the top.
The Edmonton Fire Fighters didn’t miss out on their opportunity to participate in StairClimb for Clean Air. Sixteen firemen, including 4 year old Kai, showed up in full gear to take on the 20 flights of stairs to show their support for lung health.
All participants took to the stairs to the roar of cheers with local celebrity emcees Ryan Jespersen from Breakfast Television on Citytv Edmonton and Kari Skelton from The Wake Up! Show on Up! 99.3 FM there to cheer them on.
Participants will be accepting further donations for their efforts until Sunday, March 17. Every dollar counts and The Lung Association is grateful for anything you can give. If you would like to donate, please visit www.ab.lung.ca or call 780-488-6819.
Overall, The Lung Association couldn’t be happier with the first year of this event. It is heartwarming to know so many people care about the cause. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us today. It truly means a lot.