Iconic Fight For Air Climb Heads Outdoors to Children’s Mercy Park

Annual stair climb to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

Today, the American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb presented by Empower Retirement outdoors for the first time at Children’s Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City in June. 

This is the 6th year of the Fight For Air Climb in Kansas City. The event typically takes place in the stairwells of One Kansas City Place but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge 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. 

“Without missing a beat, we are headed outdoors, onward and upward for our legacy Fight For Air Climb event,” said Linda Crider, executive director of the Lung Association. “During this time, it is more important than ever to support lung health, so in June, we are climbing to bring an end COVID-19, lung cancer and lung disease, and ensure healthy air for all.”

“We are very pleased to partner with the American Lung Association on it’s important mission of improving lung health and ending lung disease,” said Stephen Jenks, Empower Retirement Chief Marketing Officer. “This year the fight takes on more urgency with efforts to address COVID-19 and we are very happy that the Fight For Air Climb will continue with a new outdoor event.”

Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is currently $35 and includes a fundraising minimum of $100. For more information, and to register, visit FightForAirClimb.org/Kansas City

Your safety is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect your Climb. Check your local Climb website for the most up-to-date information.

About Empower Retirement
Headquartered in metro Denver, Empower Retirement administers approximately $884 billion in assets for more than 12 million1 retirement plan participants as of December 31, 2020. It is the nation’s second-largest retirement plan recordkeeper by total participants.2 Empower serves all segments of the employer-sponsored retirement plan market: government 457 plans; small, midsize and large corporate 401(k) clients; non-profit 403 (b) entities; private-label recordkeeping clients; and IRA customers. Personal Capital, a subsidiary of Empower Retirement, is an industry-leading hybrid wealth manager. For more information please visit empower-retirement.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

1) Estimated participants and total assets under administration (AUA) of Empower Retirement and MassMutual as of December 31, 2020. Information refers to the business of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, including Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York. As of September 30, 2020, GWLA’s consolidated total AUA were $709.9B. AUA is a non-GAAP measure and does not reflect the financial stability or strength of a company. GWLA’s statutory assets total $54.8B and liabilities total $51.8B. GWLANY statutory assets total $1.69B and liabilities total $1.57B.


2) Pensions & Investments 2020 Defined Contribution Survey Ranking as of April 2020.

For more information, contact:

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

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