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10th Annual Fight For Air Climb at Metropolitan Square Raises $300,000 to fight Lung Disease

(March 28, 2018) -

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On Saturday, March 24, an estimated 1,200 people packed the tallest building in St. Louis for the 10th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb at Metropolitan Square. The American Lung Association in Missouri event raised approximately $300,000, which provides support, education, research and advocacy for the 600,000 people in Missouri who suffer from lung disease.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of the St. Louis community to come together for a great cause,” said Brett Schuette, the executive director for the Lung Association in Missouri. “We had thousands of climbers, firefighters and first responders who came out to fight lung disease, local companies who rallied employees and funds, and amazing volunteers who gave their Saturday to help our community.”

The 2018 Fight For Air Climb, often referred to as a "vertical road race," empowers individuals to invest in their own personal health and fitness. For the event, participants climb the Metropolitan Square building in St. Louis, which includes 40 floors, 856 steps.

In total, the Fight For Air Climb at Metropolitan Square resulted in:

  • 1,200 registered climbers, plus 70 volunteers
  • Participants came from 13 different states
  • More than 50 first responders
  • $300,000 raised and counting


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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