Today, almost 500 people from across Minnesota gathered to conquer the steps at Allianz Field for the Fight For Air Climb, an annual event to champion the causes of clean air and lung disease prevention. The event raised $140,000 (and counting) to support the American Lung Association’s local research, education, and advocacy efforts.
“Every participant today proved themselves to be a bona fide lung health champion,” said Terri Waddell, senior director of development at the Lung Association. “Their vivacious spirit and passion for our cause was inspiring to witness and will make a huge impact for the Lung Association’s local efforts to raise awareness about lung disease.”
The Minnesota 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. This year’s Climb offered two routes: Route 1 included 866 steps on the lower deck and Route 2 included 1,460 steps on the lower and upper deck. Participants had the option to climb up to three times, totaling 4,380 steps.
Funds raised from the Minnesota Climb go directly to the services, educational programs, and research the Lung Association provides in Minnesota to support the 619,000 people living in the state with chronic lung disease.
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, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.