HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (March 7, 2017) – Wind Crest retirement community resident Roxlyn "Lyn" Cole scaled 56 flights of stairs in the American Lung Association's "Fight for Air Climb" held February 26 in the Republic Plaza in downtown Denver. Lyn, 78, has participated in the event since it began in 2006. More than 800 people climbed 1,098 steps in this year's event.
"It is easier at Wind Crest to keep fit training," said Cole, who credits the community's temperature-controlled hallways and enclosed bridges between buildings as enabling her to train year-round. "There are great gym trainers and an indoor pool for variety."
Cole, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Valentine's Day 2003, attended pulmonary rehab classes. Three years later, having regained strength and endurance, she decided to try her first climb. Cole climbed all 1,098 steps to the top with her team, "Altitude w/ Attitude & O2."
"You have to train your brain to have a positive attitude; do more and you can do more," said Cole. "I participate in the 'Fight For Air Climb' because I want to prove that anyone at any age, or any stage of lung disease, can improve their muscles and fitness. I want to inspire people with other lung health problems that if they take one more step at a time they can accomplish more than they thought possible."