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Running Stairs For Clean Air: 700 Climb U.S. Bank Plaza; Raise $215k to Fight Lung Disease

(February 23, 2019) -

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James Martinez
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Today, more than 700 people climbed one of the tallest buildings in Minneapolis for the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Plaza. The event raised more than $215,000 to fund lung cancer research and critical local programs to help Minnesotans who suffer from lung disease.

“This year in Minnesota, there will be almost 4,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 2,400 will die from the disease. Today, our community came together to fight lung disease and help raise money to fund critical lung cancer research,” said Missi Arens, the executive director for the Lung Association. “Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers who came together to make a difference in the lives of people facing lung disease.”

For the event, local residents, first responders, corporate teams and people from across the country race up the stairs of U.S. Bank Plaza (31 floors, 680 steps) to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease. 

In total, the Fight For Air Climb at U.S. Bank Plaza resulted in:

700 registered climbers

260 firefighters

$215,000 raised and counting

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 residents quit smoking.

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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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