by Suzanne Hunn
on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 3:22pm.
The Fight For Air Climbs are stair climbing events that serve as signature fundraising for the American Lung Association. The events are held in tall skyscrapers with many stairs all over the country. Last year, the ALA held 44 Climb events in the US and more than 26,000 people participated in the fundraiser. Together they raised more than $7.4 million.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men in the US, and approximately two-thirds of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.
Each year, more lives are lost to lung cancer than any other cancer.
The American Lung Association has been on a mission for 115 years to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The main tenets of the ALA are to:
Defeat lung cancer
Improve the air we breathe and therefore prevent the impact of lung disease
Improve the lives of the individuals and their families who are affected by lung disease
Eliminate tobacco use and thereby eliminate tobacco-related diseases
These fundraising events directly contribute to the effort to provide life-saving lung health research, patient education, and public policy efforts. Fight For Air Climbs empower you to challenge yourself physically while raising money for a cause that helps us all breathe better air and live healthier lives. 88 cents of every dollar raised by the American Lung Association goes directly to education, research, and advocacy.
How it Works
By either registering on your own or with a team of family members, friends, or coworkers, you enter the Climb with a minimum donation of $30 and become eligible to climb the 40 floors contained within the Metropolitan Square skyscraper– that’s 856 stairs! You will receive an email before the event letting you know your assigned start time for the Climb.
By the day of the event, you must raise $100 per individual to do your part for the fundraiser. Climbers raise an average of $160 for the Fight For Air Climb, and those who raise $40 above the average become a member of the 40/40 club– which means your name will be displayed at the event. Donations must be received by March 20 to qualify.