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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.

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, Amy Ullman, to help determine a fundraising plan right for you.


Each climber who raises $500 for the 2018 Climb will join the Super Steppers Club.
Super Steppers will receive early climb times (within their climb) and other benefits. Below is a list of our Super Steppers from 2017 that will have VIP status for 2018. The top ten are listed below.


Laurie McInerney: $5,658.00

Dan Klocke: $3,403.00

David Gray: $2,292.00

Larry Shields: $2,170.00

Martin Sanders: $1,712.80

Chad Creed: $1,635.00

Megan Leasher: $1,616.00

John Bruggeman: $1,487.00

Elsie Pina: $1,320.00

Andrew Smith: $1,285.80

Click here to see 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 early climb times for their entire team (within their climb) and other benefits. Below is a list of the top fundraising teams from 2017.


Barbasol Bounding One Breath At A Time

Laurie McInerney, Team Captain

$9,100 raised in 2017

Great American Insurance

Dan Klocke, Team Captain

$4,612 raised in 2017

Delhi Township Fire Department

Dan Albertz, Team Captain

$1,272 raised in 2017


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?

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