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15th Annual Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines Raises $335,000 to Fight Lung Disease

(April 11, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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Today, an estimated 1,500 people packed four Des Moines skyscrapers for the 15th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines. The American Lung Association in Iowa event raised more than $335,000, which provides research, education and advocacy for the 200,000 Iowans who suffer from lung disease.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of our state to come together for a great cause,” said Micki Sandquist, the executive director for the Lung Association in Iowa. “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.”

For the Fight For Air Climb, individuals and teams climb up one, two, three or all four towers in downtown Des Moines. The event includes the EMC Insurance Companies building (15 floors, 371 steps), the Financial Center (22 floors, 464 steps), Hub Tower (16 floors, 324 steps) and the Ruan Center (32 floors, 637 steps). Those who climbed all four buildings completed 85 floors, 1,796 steps.

Competing climbers results include:

  • Male overall first place—Jason Larson: 9 minutes 52 seconds total time
  • Female overall first place—Lena Nanaziashvili: 12 minutes 4 seconds total time
  • Fastest overall male firefighter—David Egdorf, Sioux Center: 16 minutes 48 seconds total time
  • Fastest overall female firefighter—Ginger McAndrew, Johnston-Grimes: 33 minutes 31 seconds total time
  • Fastest overall firefighter team—Sioux Center: 18 minutes 29 seconds total time
  • Fastest firefighter relay team—Story City: 17 minutes 4 seconds total time
  • Fastest overall law enforcement team—Iowa Correctional Institute for Women: 18 minutes 47 seconds total time

In total, the Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines resulted in:

  • More than 1,300 registered climbers, plus 200 volunteers
  • Participants came from 9 different states to participate
  • Dozens of first responders
  • $335,000 raised and counting.

Almost 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy. Over the past 15 years, 15,000 people have participated in the event, which has raised more than $3 million.


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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