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Fight for Air climb at U.S. Bank building raises record-breaking $750,000 to fight lung disease

Posted at 6:27 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 19:27:08-04

MILWAUKEE -- Over the past 11 years of the Fight For Air Climb, Wisconsin's climb has never seen numbers like they did on March 9, 2019.

According to the release, just under 3,000 people participated in the climb to the top of the U.S. Bank building, the tallest building in Milwaukee. Those who participated raised a record $750,000 and counting to fight lung disease.

“Every year the Fight For Air Climb gets bigger and better and distinguishes itself further as a signature fundraising event in southeast Wisconsin,” said Anthem Blue Cross and BlueShield in Wisconsin President Paul Nobile.

The top female climber was Danielle Anton. She finished with a time of 6:21.

The top male climber was Josh Duncan. He finished with a time of 6:19.

The Ultimate climber was Jason Larson. Larson climbed the building eight separate times in just one hour. His time was 48:51.

“This year in Wisconsin, there will be almost 4,400 people diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 3,000 will die from the disease. For the Fight For Air Climb, our community came together to fight lung disease and help raise money to fund critical lung cancer research,” said Monique Hughes, development director for the Lung Association in Wisconsin.

Over the past 11 years, a total of $6 million has been raised.