Des Moines Man Climbs Principal Park in Memory of Dad Lost to Lung Disease

To participate with the EMC team at Fight For Air Climb

Craig Green lost his dad in 2019 from complications related to lung disease. Now, he along with his wife and daughter, will climb with the EMCares Team in the American Lung Association in Iowa’s 2022 Fight For Air Climb, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, at Principal Park on Saturday, May 7.

“Lung-related conditions affect millions of people of all ages and I hope to bring awareness to the issue and hope through fundraising to find some type of cure or improved treatment options,” said Green.

Green’s dad was the strongest person Craig knew growing up and there wasn’t anything on their family’s farm he wasn’t able to accomplish. When his lung issues advanced, his activity at home was governed by a 30-foot-long oxygen hose and he had to bring multiple oxygen tanks with him on a simple trip to the grocery store. On October 22, 2019, Green’s dad passed away. In addition to his dad who suffered from lung disease, one of Green’s daughters has childhood asthma. 

“From children to adults, I don’t want any family to have to be challenged with the care of an individual or to have to struggle with impacted health and in a worst-case scenario, a premature passing of any loved one,” said Green. “The more we can learn about lung disease, the better we all can be regarding the symptoms and treatment.” 

In February 2021, Green joined EMC Insurance Companies as a Reinsurance Claims Director. Although he’s participated in four Climb events, this year’s Climb will be his first with the EMCares Team, which was the top corporate fundraising team in the 2021 Climb raising over $6,000. The EMCares Team hopes to beat that total this year and will have over 40 employees, family members and friends. 

“One of our Company values is “Integrity”,” said Green. “This team is an extension of that value in which ‘we do the right thing, always’. We climb because we can with the hope of making a difference for others who can’t.”

Visit for more information and to register for the event.

The Lung Association is committed to the health and safety of its participants and volunteers. The organization will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to check the Climb website for the most updated information leading up to the event. 

For more information, contact:

Dana Kauffman
[email protected]

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