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Davita Parks' Fundraiser:

Fight for Air Climb CLT

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BENEFITING: American Lung Association

EVENT DATE: Feb 28, 2015

Davita Parks

THE STORY:

You know how your life is perfect one minute and the next it seemingly crumbles right in front of you? That’s what happened to me 15 years ago when I had my first asthma attack. That was the beginning of a chain of events that would sideline me and change the course of my life forever. I was devastated. The very things that brought me so much joy (dance, gymnastics, cheerleading) were suddenly taken from me and I didn’t know how to get them back. My road to recovery would be a long one. I am grateful beyond words for my doctors/specialists, family, friends and a fighting spirit that supported me and helped me rebuild. I am not what I would have done without them.

Asthma and lung disease is difficult to endure. Many have the misconception that it’s “just a little asthma” and not a big deal. This is why, after several years keeping quiet, I decided to share my story and give back to the organization that gave so much to me when I needed it the most. I have traveled all over the Southeastern Region educating teachers/coaches, serving as a spokesperson, planning & participating in events, and lobbying for legislation to raise awareness on behalf of the American Lung Association.

Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association’s most unique fundraisers. Our climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. We have learned a lot about lung disease, but there is so much that we don't know. Your participation will help us raise the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

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