May 21, 20238:00 a.m. CST


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Olivia CardinaleEventsCHI@Lung.org312-781-1100


Thank you for attending the 2023 Chicago Fight For Air Climb, presented by UnitedHealthcare! 

Congratulations on conquering the steps of Soldier Field and raising over $300,000 toward the American Lung Association mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

The Premier Stair-Climbing Event in Chicago

Our Fight For Air Climb is designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers.

How you climb is up to you: race to the top or take it at your own speed.

Assemble your crew: for the best Climb experience, form a team of friends and family, coworkers or neighbors.

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The Premier Stair-Climbing Event in 2023 with the American Lung Association

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Where you'll be climbing

The Fight For Air Climb, is returning to Soldier Field, featuring one-of-a-kind views and the best set of stairs this side of the Mississippi. Soldier Field is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.

The climb route is made up of 1,958 steps. Climb 1, 2, or 3 times up to 5,874 steps!


Do Good, Feel Great

  • You are supporting people with lung disease who are fighting for every breath.
  • You are stepping up for clean air across the country and in your community.
  • You are doing something positive for yourself and for people in need.

Health Benefits

  • Improves balance and coordination.
  • Strengthens more major muscles, including your glutes… you’re welcome!
  • Consistent stair climbing as a daily activity helps lower mortality risk.

What You Get

  • Every climber receives an official Fight For Air Climb t-shirt.
  • A sense of accomplishment in a supportive, celebratory atmosphere.
  • A safe, enjoyable event experience with a complimentary pick-me-up snack and water.

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $450,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Stephanie Kachur - $4,516.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Margaret Pegler - $3,635.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Cheryl Jenkins - $2,850.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Leah Schmidt - $2,080.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Frank Keldermans - $2,061.57
    6. Milestone Personal Gift David Schmidt - $1,860.00
    7. Milestone Chang Chong - $1,820.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift Danielle Delacey - $1,820.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Matthew Murphy - $1,801.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Michael Kean - $1,735.00

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    Top Teams

      1. WGN Radio WGN TV - $14,744.00
      2. Tootsie Roll - $8,636.66
      3. Holland & Knight/ AlterDomus - $7,301.57
      4. Team Aerogen - $6,910.00
      5. UnitedHealthcare - $6,635.00
      6. Team SLA Chicago - $5,070.00
      7. Protiviti - $4,985.00
      8. Full of Hot (st)Air - $4,691.00
      9. In loving memory of Bill Grove - $4,500.00
      10. Donna & Coach's Climbers - $4,356.00

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March of 2020, the American Lung Association launched a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. At the same time, we're continuing our advocacy work to support clean air and redoubling our long-term commitments to lifesaving research.

      Over the last 12 years, the Climbers have raised more than $71 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association.

      Join us. Because Every Step Counts and every step makes a difference.

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      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Presenting Sponsor

      United Healthcare
      Assurance Comed Holland & Knight Protiviti HDMZ Assurant WGN Aerogen Delta Dental Northwestern Medicine RBC Wealth Management RML Speciaty Hospital

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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      National Corporate Team Partner

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