Chicago’s ‘Fight for Air Climb’ Attracts 2,000 Climbers

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When Maureen McDonald’s father passed away from pulmonary fibrosis, she wanted to do something to celebrate his life and raise awareness of the chronic lung disease. She decided to join the annual American Lung Association Greater Chicago Chapter’s “Fight for Air Climb.”

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According to a report on, Maureen was one of more than 2,000 climbers who participated in the event which saw them scaling West Madison’s Presidential Towers—four towers, equaling a total of 180 floors. The “Fight for Air Climb” took place earlier this month, and had employees from local businesses and Chicago-area firefighters working together to complete the arduous trek.

The American Lung Association hopes to have raised more than $550,000 from the event and the organization hosts the event in numerous cities across the nation.

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