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Suburbanites Climb Tower for 1.4 Million Illinoisans Living with Lung Disease

(December 3, 2019) - OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.

For more information please contact:

Jill Thompson
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Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in Illinois and more than 1.4 million residents live with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. That’s why on February 8, hundreds of people from all over Chicagoland will climb 31 floors, 680 steps for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower. 

The event invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to climb the tallest tower in the Chicago suburbs. Money raised at the event funds life-saving lung cancer research and supports local programs to help people who live with lung disease.

“By joining the Fight For Air Climb, you are helping people in Illinois breathe easier,” said Kristen Young. “The funds raised are used locally to increase awareness for lung cancer and lung disease, educate local healthcare professionals about the newest treatments, and fund critical programs to help children manage their asthma and help residents quit smoking.”

The Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower was the first Lung Association stair climb event in the country. This is the 29th year of the event. Since the first year, the Fight For Air Climb has raised more than one million dollars.

“Anyone can climb. The Fight For Air Climb is great for families, corporate teams and individuals of all fitness levels,” Young added. “We hope to see the local community come together for this unique and fun event.”

The Fight For Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower is on Saturday, February 8. Registration is now open. For more information and to register, visit


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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