Elected Officials, Celebs, First Responders, Patients and Thousands More Take on 2,340 Stairs
(March 12, 2015)
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), along with his Battle Buddies (military veterans) joined David Eigenberg (or Christopher Herrmann on Chicago Fire), dozens of Chicago firefighters, and almost 2,000 other patients, families and athletes for the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2015 Fight for Air Climb at Presidential Towers presented by UnitedHealthcare. The event took place on Sunday, March 8 and benefited the Lung Association’s fight against lung disease through research, advocacy and education.
Almost ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly 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. It was with the help of local, local and national celebrities, corporate sponsors and the positive spirit of the community and supporters, that the association far surpassed its fundraising goal by $420,000, reaching a total of $460,000 (and still counting). Readers can still support the Climb and Lung Association by calling 312-781-1100 to make a donation.
‘Chicago Fire’ actors climbed all four towers, all major local news outlets provided news coverage, and hundreds of volunteers helped make an amazing event 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,’ the ‘Family and Friends Relay,’ and the first ever ‘Law Firm Challenge.’
TV and online news coverage called attention to the event, including ABC 7, NBC 5, FOX 32 and CBS 2 were among the media outlets that supported the event with news reports. The event’s media partner, WGN, broadcasted their morning radio show live on location throughout the event.
The Association is grateful for the all the support from some of its biggest sponsors, including presenting sponsor UnitedHealthcare, Presidential Towers, Waterton Residential, Holland & Knight, Presense Health and US Bank. The entire Chicago community helped make this a successful event and we look forward to an even bigger climb next year!