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New Program Offers Novice Climbers a Path to the Top

(October 27, 2017) -

For more information please contact:

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

Today, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announced the first-ever “Couch to Climb” program in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers presented by UnitedHealthcare.

This four-month fitness program is free and designed for people who have never participated in a Fight For Air Climb. It kicks off with an event on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Presidential Towers. The event includes the opportunity to climb the stairwells of two Presidential Towers buildings (45 floors and 585 steps per tower), onsite training tips from an experienced climber, $10 off registration for the 2018 Fight For Air Climb (set for March 11, 2018), and each attendee will take home a four-month climb training guide.

“For people who haven’t climbed with us before, the massive Presidential Towers can be intimidating,” said Kristen Young, executive director for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “This training guide and access to the stairwells can show perspective climbers that it just takes one step at a time to improve your fitness and also help raise funds to help the 1.3 million people in Illinois who suffer from lung disease.”

The event is free and includes snacks and refreshments. Veteran climbers who bring two or more new climbers will get a free registration. Space is limited, so those interested must register to the event by Friday, November 10th. RSVP to [email protected] or call (312) 940-6995.


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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