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As Temperatures Drop, Locals Hit the Stairs to Train for Suburbs’ Popular Winter Event

(October 25, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Training, team building and fundraising start today for the oldest stair climb in the Chicagoland area, the Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower. The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announced that registration is now open for the event, set for Saturday, February 9.

The event is one of the longest running stair climbs in the U.S., marking its 28th year in 2019. Each year, the Fight For Air Climb attracts thousands of Illinois residents and people from across the country who race up the stairs of Oakbrook Terrace Tower (31 floors, 680 steps) for bragging rights all while also raising awareness and money to fight lung disease.

“The fall is the perfect time to start building your team, training and fundraising. Stair climbing is a great way to stay active during the chilly Chicago winters, but also provides a fun activity for families, team building for corporate teams and a fundraising activity for students,” said Kristen Young, the executive director of the Lung Association. “The Fight For Air Climb brings the community together to fight for something that impacts us all – clean air and healthy lungs.”

In Illinois, 1.5 million people suffer from lung disease, including more than 8,500 who battle lung cancer. The Fight For Air Climb raises awareness for lung disease, raises money for life-saving research, and funds critical local programing like educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma and free programs to help Illinoisans quit smoking.

Registration for the 2019 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 312-781-1100. Climbers can register for a discounted price of $15 before January 12.


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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