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The Lung Association and Ticats Teaming Up Again for Stair to Care

May 26, 2016

Hamilton, ON – The Lung Association and the Hamilton Tiger Cats announced today that they are teaming up once again to present the fundraising stair climb Stair to Care at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

This year’s event will include a number of exciting new features, including the Team Breathe Challenge, which gives Ticats fans the chance to sign up for the stair climb team led by one of their football heroes.

The Stair to Care Team Breathe Challenge captains are:

  • Mike Daly – defensive back
  • Mike Filer – offensive lineman
  • Simoni Lawrence – linebacker
  • Jake Olson – offensive lineman
  • Adrian Tracy – defensive end.

“Stair to Care gives me the opportunity to share my experiences living with lung disease,” said Jake Olson, the 6ft 8in, 315lb lineman who was diagnosed with asthma when he was a child. “It means I can spread the message that having asthma doesn’t mean having to sit on the sidelines while the other kids play.

“We want to raise awareness about the importance of breathing and at the same time raise desperately needed funds for lung research that will lead to better treatments and, eventually, cures for lung disease.”

George Habib, president and CEO of the Ontario Lung Association, said that the association was proud to be renewing and expanding its partnership with the Tiger-Cats.

“Our shared goal is to make a real difference in this community – especially for those who struggle to breathe – by promoting healthy lifestyles, funding research and working together to make Hamilton and McMaster region a better place to breathe.”

Habib said that the Lung Association is also inviting the Tiger Cats to add their star power to some of the youth programs the association currently delivers in the Hamilton area. They include:

  • Play for All, an after-school program that combines education on lung health and asthma awareness with the importance of physical activity for promoting good breathing and a healthy lifestyle; and
  • Be Tobacco Free, an educational and entertaining hands-on science workshop to show children in Grade 4 why they should never start smoking.

About Stair to Care

The second Stair to Care event will be held on Sunday, October 2, when up to 1,000 participants, supporters and sponsors will challenge the stadium steps – individually or in teams – in a fun, family-oriented event. To find out more, or to register as an individual or team, visit


About The Lung Association

The Lung Association is a registered charity dedicated to making Ontario a better place to breathe. It provides programs and services to patients and health-care providers, invests in lung research and campaigns for improved policies on lung health. Information about breathing and lung health issues is available through the Lung Health Information Line 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or at




Media Contact: John Chenery | O: 416-864-9911 ext. 292 | C: 647-293-9911 |