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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Hundreds of people spent part of their Saturday racing to the top of One Seneca Tower to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause.

The annual "Fight for Air Climb" benefits the American Lung Association. It is a unique fundraiser which draws attention to lung disease and the millions of Americans that are touched by it.

Lung disease is the third leading killer in the U.S.

Nearly 500 people climbed 38 stories - a total of 800 stairs - to the top.

One hundreds firefighters climbed the tower in 50 to 75 pounds of gear. Two On Your Side also had a team participating.

Circling the stairwell to the top is not only a challenge for your legs but also your lungs.

"You get to experience what it feels like to struggle to breathe, and nobody should have to do that," said Katie Gemmer, co-captain of team "Wally's Warriors." She and her sister started a team in memory of their father who died of lung disease.

"We're doing this for anyone who has ever struggled to breathe, for anyone who has lost someone they care about. We want to make a change and a difference."

"Wally's Warriors" had 43 team members and raised more than $16,000.

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