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Redmond Woman Honoring Aunt by Leading Team in 'Fight for Air Climb'

Rebecca Dufek, who lives with a rare genetic disorder that causes brain tumors, is participating in the Sunday event to raise awareness of lung disease.

A Redmond woman will be honoring her late aunt by leading a team in Sunday's "Fight for Air Climb," an American Lung Association (ALA) event that encourages people to climb a 51-story Seattle building to raise awareness for lung disease.

Rebecca Dufek is not an ordinary fundraiser participant. Living with a rare genetic disorder that causes brain tumors, Dufek also successfully conquered Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 22. (See earlier Patch feature on Dufek here.) 

A news release from the ALA says Dufek was one of the first people to sign up for the stair climb last October, when she learned her aunt had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

“I wanted to do everything in my power to encourage her to keep her spirits up and fight,” Dufek said in the news release. “My commitment to do the stairclimb in her honor helped inspire my aunt to outlive the initial two weeks doctors expected—by an additional three and a half months.”

Sunday's event will take place at Two Union Square tower in downtown Seattle. All proceeds will benefit the ALA's efforts to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

More informations is available at www.climbseattle.org.

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