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Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Plaza Raises $222k to Fight Lung Disease

(March 6, 2018) -

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On Saturday, February 24, an estimated 1,000 people packed Minneapolis’ tallest tower at the annual Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Plaza. The American Lung Association in Minnesota event raised almost $222,000, which provides support, education, research and advocacy for the 400,000 Minnesotans who suffer from lung disease.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of the Metro Twin Cities community to come together for a great cause,” said Greg Voss, the executive director for the Lung Association. “We had hundreds 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 Saturday 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. After months of training and fundraising, the event concluded with a stair climb up U.S. Bank Plaza, which includes 31 floors, 680 steps.

In total, the Fight For Air Climb resulted in:

  • More than 800 registered climbers, plus 150-200 volunteers and staff members
  • 350 first responders from 46 fire departments
  • 16 police officers from 3 police departments
  • Approximately $222,000 raised


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:

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