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Step Up to the Challenge

VIP/Top Fundraisers

Are you ready to Step Up to the Challenge and become a VIP/Top Fundraiser? We can help you get there! And when you reach these important milestones you will also be making a significant impact on mission efforts to support all those affected by lung disease.

Top fundraising climbers and teams are recognized through the Fight For Air Climb Super Steppers and Summit Club, respectively. The Super Steppers acknowledges individual climbers that have raised $500 or more. The Summit Club recognizes teams for raising $5,000 and above.


Each climber who raises $500 for the 2018 climb will join the Super Steppers Club for 2019.

Super Steppers will receive the coveted bib numbers starting from 001 for the highest fundraiser and other benefits.  Below is a list of our Super Steppers from 2017 that will have VIP status for 2018.

The top three are John Horrell with $1293; Frances DiBello with $935; and Angelina Buccilli with $920.  Click here for the full list.


This prestigious club is the most coveted and reserved only for teams raising over $5,000 in the previous year's event.  These teams will receive low bib numbers and other benefits.

Summit Club members from the 2017 climb are: .Cleveland Fire at $6,284 and Sherwin Steppers at $5,016.48


Click Here to view the members of the Mission First Club.  Each year after fundraising events like the stair climb and walk, your local Amercian Lung Association spends thousands of dollars on "benefits to donors" or prize incentives.  These incentives are the gift certificates and other prized that climbers and walkers earn while raising money in support of the American Lung Association's local service programs and important medical research. Many thanks to these generous climbers and walkers who donate their prize incentive back to the ALA.  They are members of the Mission First Club and truly put the mission first.

How do I join? During registration you will be asked a series of questions before your registration is finalized.  Select YES to join the Mission First Club when prompted.  Already registered?  Contract your climb manager to see if you are already a member or would like to join.

What do I get as a member of the Mission First Club?  As a member of the Mission First Club, you will be recognized on our website for graciously donating your prize back to the American Lung Association.  You will also receive special recognition before, during and after next year's climb.  We could send you a T-shirt or some other prize, but that would defeat the purpose of recognizing the importance you place on putting the mission first, right?

Do you need ideas on how to reach these fundraising levels? If so, we have numerous fundraising tips that we can share to ensure you hit your goals. Visit our Fundraising Tips page for more information, check out your online participant center, and contact your local event manager, Heidi Lang, to help determine a fundraising plan right for you.


The Climb Ambassador Program has been created to inspire and spread the word about Fight For Air Climbs by our most loyal climbers!

The Fight For Air Climb would be nothing without the tremendous support of those who are truly committed to the fight for air. This program allows those who are dedicated to building the climb to be rewarded with special climb gear, first dibs to be a part of our events, discounts and more. It is our ultimate “THANK YOU” and climb community builder!

Climb Ambassadors are a select group that have been handpicked to represent the Climb in our community. Ambassadors earn their memberships by working events to promote the climb, participating in other races as part of the “Powered by Lungs” race team, hosting events, giving feedback and promoting the climb within the community.

To learn more about the Climb Ambassador Program and to apply to be a climb ambassador click here.

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