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UPDATE: Teen with asthma completes Scale the Strat

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 22:45:13-05

UPDATE: Christion climbed all 108 floors in 14 minutes and 22 seconds.

13 Action News caught up with him after he wrapped up, saying, "I feel accomplished. Oh my god I feel accomplished. Climbing up here doing all that, I feel tired but I feel accomplished."


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A mother and her son will be participating in Scale the Strat together this Sunday.

Christion Johnson's mother has been scaling the Stratosphere for the last five years because he couldn't.

"It feels amazing to know someone's out there scaling the Strat for me, something that most people wouldn't do, most people can't do," he said. "It feel really good to know that she's willing to do that thing for me."

His mother, Heidi Avila, says her son had his first asthma attack when he was just 12 weeks old.

"He has been in the emergency or urgent care at least once a month for his life until the last 4 years," Heidi Avila said.
This year, he has his sights set high.
"I think I'll do well. I'm hoping I'll do well but I'm still nervous and I feel once I get up there I'll feel fine," Johnson said.
Last year, the event brought in more than $200,000. All of that goes to the American Lung Association.
"You'd be surprised what you can do. Your whole life you're challenged by disease or an obstacle or a challenge and once you start working towards it slowly, you'd be surprised about what you can accomplish in the end," Johnson said.
If you want to register for Scale the Strat, you can register online or the morning of the event.