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Milwaukees Fight for Air Climb Sets New Record!

(April 16, 2018) -

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Last month, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin hosted what continues to be the #1 ranked Fight for Air Climb in the nation.  The 10th Anniversary Milwaukee Climb was the biggest climb ever in the history of any American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb, among 44 climbs held nationwide. Nearly 3,000 climbers and 500 teams raised $740,000 in the fight against lung disease. 

Serving as 10-year consecutive sponsors were Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, Presenting Sponsor; Today’s TMJ4, Media Sponsor; and US Bank Center, site sponsor. 

The Milwaukee Fight For Air Climb event has raised over $5.1 Million in 10 years. Between their Presenting Sponsorship and corporate team fundraising, Anthem has contributed more than $350,000 in support of the Climb.

“Every year, we are inspired by the individuals, families and first responders who climb in this tremendous event,” said Paul Nobile, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “This was truly the best Fight For Air Climb yet and we are honored to support the American Lung Association.”

The Anthem Firefighter Challenge continues to be a highlight of the event.  First responder teams (firefighters, police and National Guard) came out in full force and full gear to race up 1,034 steps wearing jackets, helmets, air packs and boots.  Corporate and family teams added to the festivity of the event, wearing colorful costumes and unique team t-shirts.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of our state to come together for a great cause,” said Monique Hughes, development director for the Lung Association in Wisconsin. “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 Saturday to help our community.”

Top Finishers Include:
Top Male Overall
Adam Bruss, Milwaukee -- 5:33

Top Female Overall
Holly LaVesser, New Berlin – 6:29

Top Ultimate Climbers -- NINE Climbs in ONE hour
Robert Liking, St. Charles, IL – 53:08

EIGHT Climbs in ONE hour
Joshua Duncan, Carpentersville, IL – 51:31
Holly LaVesser, New Berlin – 52:58
Carl Solms, Kenosha – 57:59

Fastest Firefighters – Individuals (climbing in full gear!)
1. Ryan Kunde, Fitchburg Fire Department – 7:27
2. Efrem Capetillo, Sheboygan Fire Department – 7:58
3. Nathaniel Reisdorf, Wauwatosa Fire Department – 8:15
4. Gage Berg, Wauwatosa Fire Department – 8:19
5. William Cherek, Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:25

Fastest Firefighters – Teams (climbing in full gear!)
1. Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:41
2. Wauwatosa Fire Department – 9:00
3. West Allis Fire Department – 9:19
4. Waukesha Fire Department – 9:49
5. Franklin Fire Department – 10:36

Full timing results:

The competition for highest fundraising was just as fierce.

Top Five Fundraisers – Individuals:
1. Chris Cahlamer, New Berlin-- $10,176
2. Mark Jungers, Milwaukee -- $8,129
3. Donna Scaffidi, Milwaukee -- $7,110
4. Chuck Roberts, Eagle -- $6,776
5. Jon Skavlem, Franklin -- $5,200

Top Five Fundraisers –Teams Overall:
1. Baker Tilly Milwaukee -- $23,279
2. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield -- $15,270
3. Team Pelkey 2018 -- $13,345
4. Climbing Cahlamers -- $12,100
5. Hydrite Beakers -- $9,821

Top Five Accounting Banking Challenge Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Baker Tilly Milwaukee -- $23,279
2. Associated Bank -- $4,958
3. Team Sikich -- $2,846
4. THRIVE! – Team Wipfli -- $2,525
5. We Like Cake --$2,446

Top Five Corporate Challenge Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield -- $15,270
2. Hydrite Beakers -- $9,821
3. Team Staff -- $7,946
4. Team Baird -- $6,224
5. Milwaukee Tool -- $5,982

Top Five Friends and Family Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Team Pelkey 2018 -- $13,345
2. Climbing Cahlamers -- $12,100
3. Steps For Shrek -- $6,556
4. The Superstars --$6,541
5. Genetically Modified for Speed -- $3,744

Top Five Firefighter Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Eagle Fire Department -- $7,566
2. Fire Slayers -- $5,194
3. Sheboygan Fire Department -- $3,063
4. Madison Fire -- $3,001
5. Town of Burlington Fire Department -- $2,602

Top Gym & Fitness Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Raising Rose Razor Sharp -- $4,385
2. Team Brue Body -- $3,864
3. Team Anytime Fitness -- $3,716
4. 9Round -- $2,411
5. Kristin’s Climbers -- $2,228

Top Law Enforcement Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Milwaukee Police Department -- $4,015
2. Team FLEOA -- $1,637
3. West Allis Police Department -- $1,623
4. Capitol Climbers -- $1,504
5. Team MSDF -- $989

Top Law Firm Fundraisers -- Teams:
1. Godfrey+Kahn & Friends -- $8,983
2. Legal Aid Society -- $2,160
3. Foley & Lardner LLP -- $1,051
4. Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office -- $776
5. Quarles Climbers -- $753

Full event results and photos:

The American Lung Association thanks all of its sponsors, including:
Presenting Sponsor - Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Media Partner - TMJ4
Building Partner - U.S. Bank
Downtown Kitchen
Baker Tilly
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Godfrey+Kahn, S.C.
American Transmission Company
The Benefit Services Group & Hausmann Johnson Insurance
GE Capital
Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Fire Department Chief Officers Association
PyraMax Bank
TCF Commerical Banking
Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc.
Aurora Health Care
Coakley Brothers
We Energies Foundation
Saint John's On The Lake

Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, fighting lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association funds lung cancer research with some of the country’s top researchers, provides services and education for those who suffer from lung disease, advocates for healthy air and provides smoking cessation services.


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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