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Milwaukee’s Fight for Air Climb Still #1 in the Nation!

$672,000 Raised in the Fight Against Lung Disease

(April 27, 2016) - Brookfield, WI

Last month the American Lung Association in Wisconsin hosted what continues to be the #1 ranked Fight for Air Climb in the nation. 2800 climbers raised over $672,000 in the fight against lung disease. Anthem Blue Crosse and Blue Shield in Wisconsin served as Presenting Sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. Their corporate team raised and additional $14,162.

“Make no mistake about it, Badgers are exceptional stair climbers,” said Paul Nobile, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “With all the flights climbed and dollars counted, we can proudly say that Milwaukee is once again the most successful Fight for Air Climb in the country. Our thanks go out to all the donors, volunteers and participants who made this result possible. Let’s do it again next year!”

The Anthem Firefighter Challenge continues to be a highlight of the event. First responder teams (firefighters, police and National Guard) came out in full force and full gear to race up 1,034 steps wearing jackets, helmets, air packs and boots. Corporate and family teams added to the festivity of the event, wearing colorful costumes and unique team t-shirts.

“It’s an event unlike any other in Wisconsin,” said Linda Witucki, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. “Our climbers come in all ages, shapes and fitness levels – our oldest climber this year was 85! We are so grateful to everyone – sponsors, volunteers and staff – for putting Milwaukee on the map, year after year.”

Top Finishers Include:

Top Male Overall
Sal Impellitteri, Oak Creek – 5:32
(Fourth consecutive year winner)

Top Female Overall
Holly LaVesser, New Berlin - 7:20

Top Ultimate Climbers -- Seven Climbs in ONE hour
Robert Liking, St. Charles, IL – 49:49 (13 years old!)
Jean Roch-Grenetier, Waukesha – 56:28

Six Climbs in ONE hour
Holly LaVesser, New Berlin – 47:01
Brett Edgerle, Kohler – 49:25
Thomas Liking, St. Charles, IL – 50:18
Brian Zamboni, Minneapolis, MN – 50:57
Tom Metcalfe, Milwaukee – 55:02
Evan McDoniels, Milwaukee – 56:07 

Joshua Duncan, Carpentersville, IL – 51:15
Ben Schmig, Mequon – 51:16
Chris LaVesser, New Berlin – 53:05
Tyler Carlson, Milwaukee – 53:44
Jim Peelen, Milwaukee – 56:19
Sandi Greenway, Waukesha – 1:08:05 

Fastest Firefighters – Individuals

  1. Zeke Dombrowski, West Allis Fire Department – 6:54 
  2. Joe Gapinski, West Allis Fire Department – 7:24 
  3. Ryan Kunde, Fitchburg Fire Department – 7:27 
  4. Efrem Capetillo, Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:10 
  5. Tyler Schmitt, Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:25 
  6. Joel Johnsrud, Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:32

Fastest Firefighters – Teams

  1. West Allis Fire Department Team 1– 8:46 
  2. Sheboygan Fire Department – 8:57 
  3. Waukesha Fire Department Team 1– 10:30 
  4. Manitowoc Fire Department – 10:52 
  5. Lauderdale/LaGrange Fire Department – 11:41

The competition for highest fundraising was just as fierce.

Top Five Fundraisers – Individuals:

  1. Chuck Roberts, Eagle -- $10,470 
  2. Chris Cahlamer, New Berlin -- $8,678 
  3. Donna Scaffidi, Milwaukee -- $8,631 
  4. Jon Skavlem, Franklin -- $4,000 
  5. Amber Leff, Kenosha -- $3,094

Top Five Corporate Fundraisers –Teams:

  1. Baker Tilly Milwaukee -- $24,050 
  2. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield -- $14,162 
  3. Northwestern Mutual -- $7,774 
  4. Milwaukee Electric Tool -- $7,748 
  5. Hydrite Beakers -- $7,656

Top Five Friends and Family Fundraisers -- Teams:

  1. Climbing Cahlamers -- $11,619 
  2. Team Gary Brandt -- $11,572 
  3. Team Pelkey -- $6,303 
  4. Kindness for Kaden -- $3,052 
  5. Karen’s Climbers for a Cure -- $2,920 

Top Five Firefighter/Law Enforcement Fundraisers -- Teams:

  1. Lauderdale/LaGrange Fire Department -- $11,455 
  2. Eagle Fire Department -- $11,189 
  3. Fire Slayers (SC Johnson Co.) -- $5,424 
  4. Whitefish Bay Police Department -- $2,583 
  5. Madison Fire Department -- $2,368

The American Lung Association thanks all of its sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Venue Sponsor, U.S. Bank Center; Media Sponsor, Today’s TMJ4; Inc., Baker Tilly, Coakley Brothers, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Godfrey and Kahn, GE Capital, Milwaukee Fire Department Chief Officers Association, Baird, MSA Global, BOLDT, The Benefit Services Group, Walmart, Bostik, Coakley Brothers, Paul Davis, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, WE Energies, Coca-Cola and Medical International Research (MIR).

Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, fighting lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association funds lung cancer research with some of the country’s top researchers, provides services and education for those who suffer from lung disease, advocates for healthy air and provides smoking cessation services.

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