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UnitedHealthcare Named Presenting Sponsor of the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers

(December 4, 2018) -

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The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announced UnitedHealthcare has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers. This is the fifth year UnitedHealthcare has sponsored the event, which has raised more than $180,000 to fund local programs that support clean air and healthy lungs.

The Fight For Air Climb is set for March 10, 2019. The event, which is the biggest stair climb in Chicago, attracts thousands of Illinois residents and people from across the country who race up the stairs of all four Presidential Towers buildings (a total of 180 floors, 2,340 steps) to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease.

“Through events like the Fight For Air Climb, we are able to fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and help people who suffer from lung disease,” said Kristen Young, executive director the Lung Association. “But we can’t do it alone. Our partnership with UnitedHealthcare helps us provide vital support to the Chicago community. From funding asthma education to providing resources to people suffering from lung cancer, this support helps make people’s lives better every day.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb to support cleaner air and healthy lungs, and fight lung disease,” said Mike Telesky, vice president of UnitedHealthcare and vice chair of the Local Leadership Board for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “We hope to see our community come together for a fun and inspiring event in March.”

More than 1.5 million people suffer from lung disease in Illinois, and this year alone, it is estimated that 9,000 will be diagnosed with lung cancer. 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 locals quit smoking.

More information and registration for the Fight For Air Climb at Presidential Towers is available at

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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.

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