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In a race against time to fight it, more than 200 men and women climbed to the top of one of the tallest downtown buildings. In a race against time to fight it, more than 200 men and women climbed to the top of one of the tallest downtown buildings.
The high-rise race inside National City Tower benefited the American Lung Association The high-rise race inside National City Tower benefited the American Lung Association
Every breath Heather Baxter takes during the vertical run is for two girls who can't breathe so well on their own. Every breath Heather Baxter takes during the vertical run is for two girls who can't breathe so well on their own.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer. In a race against time to fight it, more than 200 men and women climbed to the top of one of the tallest downtown buildings.

The high-rise race inside National City Tower benefited the American Lung Association

"The Fight for Air Climb is a 38-flight vertical run up National City's stairwell. All of the money we raise funds cutting edge research and advocacy for lung cancer, COPD and asthma," Deena Adams said.

Every breath Heather Baxter takes during the vertical run is for two girls who can't breathe so well on their own.

"Their names are on my back and that's why I'm here. One of them is a little girl who has issues they're still trying to figure out - possibly lung disease. And another girl was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. We're here for them," Baxter said.

Several fire departments competed against each other - carrying 70 pounds of gear up 780 steps to support the cause.

If you'd like to support the American Lung Association of the Midland States, click here.