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Running Stairs For Clean Air: 600 Climb Oakbrook Terrace Tower

(February 11, 2019) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Today, approximately 600 people climbed the suburbs tallest building for the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower. The event raised almost $150,000 to fund lung cancer research and critical local programs to help people who suffer from lung disease.

“This year in Illinois, there will be more than 9,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 6,000 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 Kristen Young, 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.”

The event is one of the longest running stair climbs in the U.S., marking its 28th year in 2019. For the event, local residents, first responders, corporate teams and people from across the country race up the stairs of Oakbrook Terrace Tower (31 floors, 680 steps) for bragging rights all while also raising awareness and money to fight lung disease.

In total, the Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower resulted in:

  • 600 registered climbers
  • 92 teams
  • 100 volunteers
  • $150,000 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 Illinoisans 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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