May 15, 20218:00 AM (CT)


Principal ParkDes Moines, IA view on map


Heather Johnson Heather.Johnson@lung.org515-802-3195

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We're taking the Fight For Air Climb outdoors at Principal Park so we can come together safely and enjoy the day.

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Why We Climb

  • We embrace a challenge that makes us better
  • Because healthy lungs need clean air to breathe
  • Every step gets us closer to a world without lung disease

Benefits of Climbing

  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Strengthens more major muscle groups compared to walking, running or jogging on a flat surface
  • 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 for supporting people who are fighting for every breath

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $147,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Jessica McLeran - $4,399.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Kevin Palmer - $4,139.82
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Mark Westergaard - $3,289.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Dominique Zelman - $2,805.00
    5. Milestone Maria Steele - $2,620.00
    6. Milestone Sara Geiken - $2,050.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift Denise Waddingham - $2,018.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift Lisa Heagle - $1,958.00
    9. Milestone Kyla Routson - $1,900.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Marilee Westergaard - $1,755.00

    Top Teams

      1. To the TOP for POPS & GMA - $14,267.70
      2. Kevin's Krazy Klimbing Krew - $7,644.82
      3. Team 27 - $6,446.00
      4. EMCares - $6,140.00
      5. Team Marcia, Marcia, Marcia - $5,822.00
      6. Team Steele - $4,526.00
      7. Team 23:10 - $3,863.00
      8. Baker Electric Climbers - $3,335.00
      9. Burning Lungs - $2,919.00
      10. Team DMACC - $2,805.00

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March, 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 11 years, the Climbers have raised more than $60 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association. Last year, more than 26,000 participants from 43 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $7 million.

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


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      Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

      Presenting Local Sponsor

      EMC Insurance Companies

      Event Sponsor

      Van Meter Inc. American Equity Insurance UnityPoint Clinic FBFS Mercy One

      Contributing Sponsors

      Ruan Transportation Management Systems YMCA of Greater Des Moines Scheels Otis Elevator Above + Beyond Cancer Central Iowa Radon Iowa Cubs Scott Insurance Services Baker Electric Collins Community CU Community Choice Lumbermans Drywall & Roofing Supply Broadlawns Medical Center

      Media Partners

      Business Record Mediacom KIOA

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


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      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Healthcare

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