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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NFTA Metro's High Achievers

On Saturday, March 8, the American Lung Association hosted its 4th Annual Buffalo Air Climb with NFTA Metro as its major sponsor. This unique event, sometimes referred to as a “vertical road race” was held at One Seneca Tower where an overwhelming 470 adrenaline-filled individuals came to take part in the 38-floor stair climb.
The day also included a special firefighter challenge, where participants made the entire climb in full gear.

Team Captain, Mike Moore, reported that NFTA Metro’s eight-person climbing crew and volunteer trio collectively helped raise $1,721. Mike, who came in first place for the team (5:37 min.) and who also ranked in the event’s elite group of speedy climbers said, “It was wonderful to see NFTA Metro partner with the ALA in such an extraordinary event. It was also great to be able to share a physically challenging task with fellow colleagues, while raising awareness and funds for lung disease.” The team’s first place female honor went to Rachel Maloney (8:54 min.), who independently raised a remarkable $510 in memory of her mother, Caroline, who fought fiercely against COPD.

“We’re grateful for the incredible support NFTA has provided for our Fight for Air Climb in Buffalo,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Not only did they generously help promote the event in several ways including providing ad space, they put together a team, raised money in support of our cause and came out and climbed with us. Their support not only brought increased exposure for our event, but helped us raise awareness about our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We look forward to continuing to work with NFTA to improve air quality and lung health here in Western New York.” All event funds raised, which has been estimated at well over $120,000, will go toward lung disease education, research and advocacy.

Congrats to the NFTA Air Climb Team – nice job!