Celebrities, First Responders, Lung Disease Patients and Thousands More Take on Chicago’s Biggest Climb

Lung Association’s signature event benefits research, education and advocacy

CHICAGO (March 10, 2014)

Anticipation, excitement, cheers and tears filled Chicago’s biggest residential property on Sunday, March 9 as stair climbers accomplished their goal all in support of healthy air and healthy lungs. 

Almost 1,800 participants climbed Presidential Towers as part of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fight for Air Climb. Lung transplant survivors, lung cancer patients and others affected by lung disease climbed to inspire others, challenge themselves and to raise awareness and funding for lung health and research. 

Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly back into the mission of the Lung Association. It’s no wonder why this signature event continues to grow every year, both in participation and fundraising. With the help of local media, local and national celebrities, corporate sponsors and the positive spirit of the community and supporters, the association far surpassed its fundraising goal by $35,000, reaching a total of $385,000 (and still counting). Readers can still support the Climb and Lung Association by clicking here to make a donation or calling 312-781-1100.

‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ actors climbed all four towers, three local news organizations provided pre- and post-news coverage, and hundreds of volunteers helped make an amazing event very memorable for climbers.

The Fight for Air Climb also involves several competitive elements, including a ‘Firefighter Challenge.’ Dozens of Chicago area firefighters and firehouses climbed in honor or memory of a fallen firefighter, loved one or lung disease survivor. Other competitive elements include the ‘Corporate Relay’ and the ‘Family and Friends Relay.’

TV and online news coverage called attention to the event. WGN TV, WGN Radio, ABC 7 and NBC 5 were among the media outlets that supported the event with news reports prior to the event, throughout event day and evening news reports. 

The Association is grateful for the all the support from some of its biggest sponsors, including Presidential Towers, Waterton Residential, Holland & Knight, US Bank and Presence Holy Family. The entire Chicago community helped make this a successful event and we look forward to an even bigger climb next year!