Milwaukee’s Fight for Air Climb Breaks Record for American Lung Association

(March 23, 2013)

 Nation’s Top Climb Raises More than $535,000

On Saturday, March 23, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin hosted the top participant and top fundraising Fight for Air Climb in the nation. Nearly 2,600 participants raised more than $535,000, beating out Lung Association climbs in more populous cities around the country. Climbers scaled the U.S. Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee, climbing 47 floors, 1,034 steps.


“We are so proud of our climbers, volunteers and staff,” said Sue Swan, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. “We surpassed our fundraising goal of $475,000, and are thrilled that the higher-than-expected proceeds can be put to work immediately in the fight against lung disease, funding research, education and advocacy.”

This year, more than 250 emergency responders (firefighters, police, SWAT teams) raced to the top wearing full gear – jackets, helmets, air packs and boots. Corporate teams, family teams and individuals climbed for friends and loved ones with lung disease. And new to this year’s event, children were allowed to take part in the climb, making it a unique opportunity for the whole family.

“We had families climbing together, ‘ultimate’ participants who climbed multiple times and climbers with asthma and COPD. We heard some incredible stories of hope and courage, as many were climbing in honor or in memory of someone who has been impacted by lung disease.” said Swan.

Top Finishers Include:

Top Male Overall
Sal Impellitteri: 6:02

Top Female Overall
Becca Clifford: 7:29

Top Firefighters – Individuals
Ryan Kundert - Fitchburg Fire Department: 7:55
Zeke Dombrowski - West Allis FD Team 1: 8:01
Joel Johnsrud - Sheboygan Fire Department: 8:32

Top Firefighters – Teams
West Allis Fire Department: 8:56
Fitchburg Fire Department: 9:46
Sheboygan Fire Department: 10:03

Top fundraisers will be posted by early next week.

For the past five years, U.S. Bank Center has been the venue sponsor for this event. Said Wendy Sky, property manager for U.S. Bank Center, “"We are extremely happy for the opportunity to host the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb. It was a pleasure to work with the outstanding team at the Lung Association."

The American Lung Association thanks all of its sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Venue Sponsor, U.S. Bank Center; Media Sponsor, TMJ4; and  Baird, The Benefit Services Group, Boldt, Bostik, Boston Scientific, Coakley Brothers, Direct Supply, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Godfrey and Kahn, MSA Global, Paul Conway Shields, Waste Management and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.    
Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, fighting lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association funds lung cancer research with some of the country’s top researchers, provides services and education for those who suffer from lung disease, advocates for healthy air and provides smoking cessation services.