Boston Fight for Air Climb held at Fenway Park – NBC Boston

It was a busy day at Fenway Park on Saturday, but the focus and athletic achievement weren’t on the court as usual. Instead, it was in the stands.

Saturday marked the 17th annual “Boston Fight for Air Climb” – an event organized by the American Lung Association to raise funds and awareness for lung disease and lung cancer.

About 850 people attended this year’s event, and many say they were motivated by very personal experiences.

“I’m here to climb for my father who died of lung cancer,” said Scott Savard.

“I want to help people who have it and I’m super excited to do that,” said Mason Savard, who was climbing in memory of his grandfather.

To date, the event has raised nearly $3.5 million in funding. This year, they are on track to reach their goal of over $300,000. The money will impact research, education, advocacy for clean air standards, and even the lung association’s COVID-19 action initiative.

“It’s important that we fundraise at all levels, not just for lung cancer and lung disease research, but for all forms of research, because what you can learn and transfer to other other forms of treatment, care and detection can help with many types of disease,” said David Broderick of the American Lung Association.

According to Broderick, there are about 1,012 total steps from left field to right field. And for climbers, each is a step closer to progress.

“I have to do everything I can to raise money to help solve cancer,” Savard said.

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