The American Lung Association held its annual fundraising event, the Fight for Air Climb, at Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado on February 26, 2012. Republic Plaza, the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain west, was the host of the event, which focuses on bringing awareness to the prevention of lung disease and promoting lung health.
The ALA anticipated 2,400 Coloradans would climb the stairs at Republic Plaza and had hoped to raise $500,000 for their programs and services. Both individuals and teams took part in the event and all climbers pledged the minimum $65.00 to participate.
Climbers hit the stairs every 8 seconds and ascended 1,098 steps to reach the top of 56 floors. Once participants reached the top of the Republic, they took the elevator down to the lobby, where they were greeted with food, fun and interactive booths. Prizes were also awarded in a variety of categories, including fastest climbers, highest fundraisers, and best costume.
With team names such as “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Lung” and “Love You Lung Time,” our own American Medical Sales and Repair team, lead by Nick Vannatta came in 86th overall for time. “After 5 minutes of climbing,” said Nick, “my lungs were burning and I really felt that I understood what our COPD patients must go through every day.”
The American Lung Association raised $369,073.00 from this event and reached almost 74% of its original goal.