On Sunday, June 19th, 600 participants gathered to climb the steps at Soldier Field to help improve lung health and prevent lung disease. The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Climb, presented by UnitedHealthcare, raised over $350,000 to support lifesaving research, local programs and advocacy efforts.
“Anyone who has ever watched the Chicago Bears play here at Soldier Field knows: the stairs are really steep!” said Kristen Young, executive director at the Lung Association. “The determination of our participants to climb up and down these steps show how committed they are to our mission to help end lung disease. These climbers made our city proud.”
The Chicago Fight For Air Climb gave community members the chance to embrace the challenge of rigorous exercise in support of those with lung disease who struggle for every breath. The event offered sweeping views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan to participants who climbed 1,958 steps of Soldier Field up to three times in the timed event.
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.