June 13, 20218:00 AM (CST)


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Leslie Hernandez Brownleslie.hdzbrown@lung.org913-353-9166


Childrens Mercy ParkThank You!

THANK YOU for being a part of the 2021 Kansas City Fight For Air Climb, presented by Empower Retirement!

Together, we raised over $154,000+ and climbed nearly 500,000 stairs– thank you!

Your support makes our work possible for the 480,000+ individuals living with lung disease in Kansas & Kansas City. Every dollar raised supports the Lung Association’s research, educational programs and advocacy efforts.

It’s not too late to earn an additional fundraising incentive! You have until June 30th to qualify for our incentive program. View our Incentive Flier to check what you could earn!

Event photos will be posted to our SmugMug account by the end of the week.

On behalf of our Climb Executive Leader Team, our Local Leadership Board Members and the Lung Association Staff- thank you from the bottom of our LUNGS!

Our Climb Safe Commitment

Our Climb Safe Commitment includes spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols, and face masks.

The American Lung Association is committed to the health and safety of our participants and volunteers. We will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines as we plan for the 2021 event.

Click here to download our Climb Safe Commitment document.


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: $115,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Jeffrey Kembel - $8,720.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Erik Lund - $7,360.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Scott McAdams - $5,500.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Michael Filing - $2,515.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Margaret Cox - $2,470.00
    6. Milestone Bert Maidment - $2,235.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift Russ Everhart - $1,700.00
    8. Milestone Emily Wheeler - $1,640.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Bevin Parker - $1,540.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Carrie Bruno-Eaton - $1,290.00

    Top Teams

      1. Jones LUNG LaSalle - $17,135.00
      2. Blue KC - Live Fearless - $9,310.00
      3. Empower Retirement - $8,185.00
      4. Operation Safe - $5,000.00
      5. TEAM BERT - $4,775.00
      6. UMB Climb Squad - $2,805.00
      7. Boot Camp Babes - $2,420.00
      8. Bruno's EZ Breathers - $2,210.00
      9. BHC - $2,135.00
      10. Southsiders - $2,120.00

      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

      Empower Retirement
      Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City Children's Mercy Park Fox4 
      North Kansas City Hospital   GEHA   Kindred Hospital Northland Jeffery & Eva Karp UMB Bank  
      Bank of Blue Valley  Children's Mercy Hospital  Ascension Via Christi Husch Blackwell KC Hopps

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

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