May 7, 20228:00 a.m. CST


Principal ParkDes Moines, IA view on map


Heather JohnsonEventsIA@Lung.org515-802-3195

Thank You from the bottom of our LUNGS!

Thank you for being a part of the 2022 Fight For Air Climb - Des Moines, presented by EMC Insurance Companies! 
Your support makes our work possible for the over 400,000 Iowans living with Lung Disease. Every dollar raised supports the Lung Association's research, educational, and advocacy efforts. 

You Crossed the Climb Finish Line but There's Still Time to Fundraise! 

  • The official fundraising deadline is June 6, 2022. 
  • Incentive redemption emails will be sent to those climbers who qualify on June 7, 2022. 
  • Matching Gifts qualify towards your fundraising goal! Use our employer search tool or contact your company HR to find out if your company will match! 

View Final Fight For Air Climb Timing Results Here.

Questions or updates related to your timing results? Please email

Event Photos 

Will be posted on our @LungIowa Facebook Page the week of May 12th. 

Have a great team or finish line photo that you want to share? Email your photos to
Check out the photos from the Des Moines Register photographer here.

Feeling Nostalgic Post-Climb? 

Visit our Climb e-Store and purchase an alumni shirt or tank before Friday, June 10th. Shirts will be shipped to you directly post-climb. 

Join us for Climb's Day out at the Ballpark!

Join our Fight For Air Climb community at Principal Park again to celebrate your Climbing Achievement and raise funds for the life-saving mission of the American Lung Association. A percentage of ticket sales will go back to the Lung Association when you purchase tickets from our block using the link below. We will also be celebrating some of our top fundraisers, top fundraising teams, and LungForce Heroes!

Iowa Cubs vs. St. Paul Saints
Sunday, June 5, 1:08 PM
@ Principal Park

Purchase Tickets Here:


Thank You

On behalf of our volunteers, Iowa Leadership Board, and Lung Association staff--thank you for making an impact on the lives of all Iowans living with lung disease and for making us one step closer to a World Free of Lung Disease. 




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: $273,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Kevin Palmer - $3,725.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Denise Waddingham - $3,128.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Maria Steele - $2,865.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Kyla Routson - $2,340.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Mel Appenzeller - $2,250.00
    6. Milestone Personal Gift Dominique Zelman - $2,220.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift John Bergman - $2,106.99
    8. Milestone Personal Gift MIcki Sandquist - $1,920.00
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Darrin Frey - $1,900.00
    10. Milestone Personal Gift Sara Geiken - $1,895.00

    Top Teams

      1. EMCares - $10,485.00
      2. Kevin's Krazy Klimbing Krew - $7,955.00
      3. Team 27 - $6,717.00
      4. Team Marcia, Marcia, Marcia - $5,668.00
      5. Team 23:10 - $4,196.99
      6. Farm Bureau Financial Services - It's worth the view from the top - $3,825.00
      7. Team Steele - $3,485.00
      8. Step It Up - $3,405.00
      9. Climbing for Jerry - $2,950.00
      10. Community Choice Credit Union - $2,675.00

      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

      EMC Insurance

      Event Sponsors

      The Iowa Clinic

      MercyOne Des Moines Pulmonary / Infectious Disease American Equity Insurance Companies Unity Point Clinic? Community Choice Scheels Polk County Farm Bureau
      Otis Elevator Green State Credit Union Above and Beyond Scott Insurance Broadlawns Genentech Merck & Co Greater Iowa Des Moines Area Community College

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


      Become a Sponsor

      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

      Learn more about National Teams