The American Lung Association is holding a Fight for Air Climb on Sunday, March 2. The climb raises money for education and research to help beat lung disease.
Thousands of people will head to The Renaissance Center in Detroit to climb all 70 flights of stairs, that's 1,035 stairs total to help raise money to battle these diseases.
Garnett Hegeman suffers from emphysema so any help to bring awareness is appreciated. "Five years ago, or 25 years ago, people with those afflictions or ailments or whatever you want to call it, would not be able to do the things they are able to do now… and that's come about by research."
Fire Departments across the area have created teams who compete both in fundraising and timed competitions on how quickly they climb up the flights of stairs.
Dearborn Heights firefighter Max Mitts said this cause is extremely important for firefighters, "It's important for us because we do breathe a lot of toxic air. There's a lot of hazardous atmosphere that we go into.
WXYZ Channel 7 has teamed up with the Dearborn Heights firefighters to create a team to help raise money for this incredible cause.
This is Mitts and the Dearborn Heights firefighter's fourth year participating in the event. Mitts said not only is a great cause but it's a lot of fun to see all the people come out, the friendly competition not only within the department but with all of the fire departments around metro Detroit.
"It's a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie," Mitts said.
If you would like to learn more information you can call 1-800 LUNGUSA.