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Chicago Firefighters Climb for Trophy, Raise Funds for a Personal Cause

(February 27, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

On March 11, hundreds of Chicago firefighters, police officers and other first responders will scale local towers carrying 50 - 75 pounds of gear for the Firefighter Challenge at the 10th annual Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers presented by UnitedHealthcare, announced today by the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago.

For the Firefighter Challenge, teams of five or more firefighters will compete for the title of the fastest fire department along with top fundraising team. The teams are required to climb in full gear – helmet, mask, boots and air tank – which can add 50 – 75 pounds of weight as they tackle all four Presidential Towers. Each tower is 45 floors, 585 steps, so they will complete a total of 180 floors, 2,340 steps.

The Fight for Air Climb is a way for fire departments to stay in shape and bond as a team, but also to support a cause that hits close to home.

“On a daily basis, firefighters are exposed to smoke, gasses, chemicals, particle pollution and other pollutants that make them at much higher risk for lung disease,” said Kristen Young, the executive director for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “This challenge helps raise awareness for firefighters facing lung disease and gives us a chance to watch and applaud their strength and perseverance.”
Registration for the 2018 Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers presented by UnitedHealthcare is open online or by calling 312-781-1100. Registration fee is $25 and an additional $100 fundraising minimum is required to participate.


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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