Chicagoan Climbs Soldier Field to Eradicate Lung Disease

Will support his family members affected by lung cancer, COPD, asthma

Chicago’s Herb Seitz is no stranger to the consequences of lung disease. Participating in the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Climb, presented by UnitedHealthcare, at Soldier Field on June 19th, he has experienced his father pass away from lung cancer and his brother-in-law suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His niece also deals with asthma.

“My father had a 7-year long battle that started with the partial removal of one of his lungs,” Seitz said. “Of course, given my family’s history with lung disease, this is an area of great passion for me. I would love nothing more than to eradicate this horrible disease.”

After the tragic passing of his father, Seitz found three more reasons to support the Lung Association’s mission: the futures of his three children.

“Having three young children has provided a unique perspective on how I view the future of our world. Thus, I am passionate about fighting for clean air,” Seitz said.

Seitz’s family will participate virtually in the event, while Herb himself will take to the stairs of Soldier Field. Even as a long-time Green Bay Packers fan, he still appreciates the chance to explore Chicago’s historic lakefront stadium—to some extent.

“Soldier Field is a storied venue in a stunning location,” Seitz said. “I’ll also take a moment to reflect on all the touchdowns the Packers have scored at Soldier Field.”

Seitz was first introduced to the Lung Association through annual fundraising events. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the chair of the Growth Committee. Participating in his 7th Climb event, he has raised tens of thousands of dollars and even recruited his own workplace—Assurant—to participate as a corporate sponsor. This year’s Assurant team fundraising goal is over $20,000.

“The American Lung Association supports so many great causes,” Seitz said. “I’m excited to contribute to this great organization in any way I can.”

Funds raised at the Chicago Climb will support lifesaving research, local programs and advocacy for the nearly 1.7 million residents in Illinois living with chronic lung disease.

For more information about the event, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Chicago.

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
312-940-7624
[email protected]

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