Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Continues Investment in Community Health

Company sponsors Lung Association, stair climb at Coors Field

Today, the American Lung Association in Colorado announced that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado, a leading health insurance company in the state, will continue as the presenting sponsor, for the 17th consecutive year, of the Anthem Fight For Air Climb at Coors Field on May 7. The investment will fund local programming and education, as well as life-saving research. 

In addition, Anthem employees will continue their climb team which has participated in the event for several years. Some participate to memorialize or honor a loved one who has suffered from lung disease or lung cancer, and others climb for the physical challenge. The team has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for the Lung Association. 

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has sponsored this event since it began 17 years ago. They are a big reason we’re able to provide our resources to the Denver community,” said Ellen Penrod, Executive Director for the Lung Association. 

“Anthem is committed to helping people live healthier lives in the Centennial State and the last two years have demonstrated the crucial need for continued research in respiratory disease and treatment,” said Charles Ritz, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado. “Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2022 Fight for Air Climb and we look forward to joining our community at Coors Field on May 7.”

This is the 17th year of the Fight For Air Climb in Denver, and the second year it will be held at Coors Field. The event was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge last year due to COVID-19 for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.

Registration is still open for the event, which invites individuals, families, groups of friends, corporate teams and first responders to tackle the stadium stairs, totaling a mile long climb up and down. Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease

For more information, and to register, visit

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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