ST. CLOUD, Fla. – A Central Florida first responder is featured in a nationwide calendar after collaborating within the first digital climb for the American Lung Affiliation.Alicia Weaver has been a loyal participant of Orlando’s Battle for Air Climb for a few years however in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic induced a change of plans.“COVID made it really strange this year so they gave us a window where they said ’Try to participate in your virtual climb during this window,’” Weaver mentioned.Her technique this yr was to finish the identical 25-flight climb wearing about 70 kilos of full bunker gear from the St. Cloud Fireplace Rescue coaching tower. She captured the climb on time-lapse video utilizing her cellphone.“And the Bank of America is air conditioned and the training tower was outdoors, and so it was pretty hot,” Weaver mentioned.Weaver mentioned although the climb was powerful, it was good apply for conditions firefighters may face on the job.“All that preparation is good for training for our daily job, being fit for duty,” she mentioned.Weaver mentioned her two of her grandparents have lung points, however the occasion held by the American Lung Affiliation additionally holds particular significance for her as a primary responder. She talked in regards to the dangers related to firefighting and lung most cancers.“I feel appreciated when I go out there, and I feel valued, so it’s a good cause to support and it’s a good, fun event,” Weaver mentioned.To fight the coronavirus, The American Lung Affiliation launched an motion initiative pledging $25 million to finish COVID-19 and defend towards future respiratory pandemics. That is additionally the primary yr for the affiliation’s nationwide calendar, which options an motion shot of Weaver.“Every calendar that is sold — even though it may seem small — is actually going to help fund really amazing research,” Janelle Hom, the chief director of the American Lung Affiliation in Central Florida, mentioned.Weaver mentioned she had no thought she was even nominated to be within the calendar, but it surely was a flattering shock.“It’s not a glamorous moment in life when you’re climbing in bunker gear, but it’s a cool shot,” Weaver mentioned.Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.