On March 23, Matthew H. Meade, Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Section, was featured in an interview on Pittsburgh television news station, WTAE, about the recent Fight for Air Climb. During this climb, a team of climbers from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney climbed 45 flights of stairs to support the American Lung Association.
“I think stair climbing’s always seen as sort of this fringe sport. It was a small group the first year but they’ve really steadily raised the number of people involved,” explained Meade, who served as the fundraiser’s corporate chair.
Although the 897 steps to the top of the Oxford Centre building – where Buchanan is headquartered – are not as long as a five-mile run, Meade explained that the journey is very different.
“You’re using different muscles, and you really have to work on your breathing. It’s ironic that this is for the [American] Lung Association, because if you don’t breathe normally, if you don’t get a deep breath at the start of the race, you will really be burning at the end of the climb.”
For Meade and his family, the Fight for Air Climb has a personal significance.
“For me, my grandmother passed away from complications from COPD, and so whenever my son and I run in this, we think of her, and then my youngest son who is a volunteer at the event actually has asthma.”