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10th Annual Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers Raises $500,000 to fight Lung Disease

(March 13, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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On Sunday, March 11, an estimated 2,000 people packed four Chicago towers for the 10th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers. The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago event raised more than $500,000, which provides support, education, research and advocacy for the 1.3 million people in Illinois who suffer from lung disease.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of the greater Chicago community to come together for a great cause,” said Kristen Young, the executive director for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “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 Sunday 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 one, two, three or all four Presidential Towers. Each tower has 45 floors, 585 steps, so those who climbed all four towers completed a total of 180 floors, 2,340 steps.

In total, the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers resulted in:

  • More than 1,700 registered climbers, plus 300 volunteers
  • Participants came from 18 different states to participate
  • More than 100 first responders
  • $502,000 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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