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EMC Insurance Companies Invests in Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

(February 21, 2019) - DES MOINES, Iowa

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Jill Thompson
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Today, the American Lung Association in Iowa announced that EMC Insurance Companies (EMC) has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines. This is the first year that EMC has committed to being the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Fight For Air Climb, set for April 7, 2019, invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to race up the stairs of one, two, three or four buildings in downtown Des Moines—EMC, the Financial Center, Hub Tower and the Ruan Building—for a total of 85 floors, 1,796 steps. Funds raised at the event go toward research to find a cure for lung cancer and local programs to help people who suffer from lung disease.

“Through events like the Fight For Air Climb, we are able to fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and help people who suffer from lung disease,” said Micki Sandquist, executive director for the Lung Association. “But we can’t do it alone. Our partnership with EMC helps us provide vital support to our community. From funding asthma education, to providing resources to those suffering from lung cancer, this support makes people’s lives better every day.”

EMC is in the top 50 insurance organizations in the U.S. and is one of the largest in Iowa. Founded in 1911, the company has more than 2,500 employees and provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the U.S.

“We support the communities where our team members work and live. The American Lung Association’s fundraising promotes clean air and healthy lungs, so EMC is proud to sponsor the Fight For Air Climb,” said Bruce Kelley, EMC president and chief executive officer. “Let’s all get behind this fun and inspiring event in April.”
In Iowa, more than 350,000 people suffer from lung disease, including more than 2,000 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 Iowans quit smoking.

Registration for the 2019 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 515-309-9507.

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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About EMC Insurance Companies
EMC Insurance Companies is among the top 50 insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium, with more than 2,500 employees. Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMCC) was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, the company provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. EMCC is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

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