April 7, 20248:00 AM (CT)


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Heather JohnsonHeather.Johnson@Lung.org515-802-3195


THANK YOU for supporting the 21st Annual Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines!

Thank you to all the climbers, teams, sponsors, volunteers, and donors that made the 21st Annual Fight For Air Climb, presented by EMC Insurance Companies possible. Because of your support we have raised $235,000 and still climbing for the life-saving mission of the American Lung Association!

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We're taking the Fight For Air Climb to Downtown Des Moines.

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Preliminary Race Results are available now! View the individual results here and the team results here. Please contact alex@truetimeracing.com with questions about your time.

There’s still time to increase your fundraising total and help us meet our goal! The deadline to qualify for individual fundraising incentives is May 7th. View our 2024 incentives here.

Corporate Matching Gifts can count towards your Fight For Air Climb fundraising! See if you company offer’s a matching gift program by using our search tool.


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: $293,500.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Personal Gift Denise Waddingham - $4,325.00
    2. Milestone Personal Gift Kyla Routson - $3,715.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Kevin Palmer - $3,190.00
    4. Milestone Personal Gift Melissa Appenzeller - $3,000.00
    5. Milestone Personal Gift Maria Steele - $2,655.78
    6. Milestone Personal Gift Thomas Gross - $1,700.00
    7. Milestone Personal Gift Brooks Reynolds - $1,430.00
    8. Milestone Personal Gift MIcki Sandquist - $1,288.40
    9. Milestone Personal Gift Priscilla Sayeed - $1,250.00
    10. Milestone Matt Glenn - $1,235.00

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    Top Teams

      1. EMCares - $9,117.02
      2. Team Marcia, Marcia, Marcia - $7,325.00
      3. Kevin's Krazy Klimbing Krew - $7,141.00
      4. Team Steele - $4,960.77
      5. Burning Lungs - $4,595.82
      6. Team DMACC - $4,563.65
      7. Climbing for Jerry - $4,050.00
      8. Holmes Murphy Climb Crushers - $3,581.36
      9. Team 23:10 - $3,178.78
      10. IA Lung Leaders - $3,030.00

      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 Companies

      Event Sponsors

      The Iowa Clinic
      Farm Bureau Financial Services Scheels MercyOne Community Choice Credit Union Brown Winick Van Meter Sammons Financial Merck Genetech
      Immanuel Pathways Above + Beyond Cancer Scott Insurance Services PhRMA Greater Iowa Credit Union Delta Dental Holmes Murphy HyVee Broadlawns Medical Center KPMG Polk County
      YMCA Greater Des Moines EMC Insurance Companies Lawmark Ruan

      National Sponsors

      National Climb Partner for Healthy Air


      Become a Sponsor

      National Corporate Team Partner

      Kindred Hospitals

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