Climbing for Cancer

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Over a thousand people crammed into stairwells to fight lung cancer this weekend.

Sunday morning was the Annual Fight For Air Climb.  Nearly 1200 participants climbed the stairs of the E.M.C. Insurance company’s building, the Hub Tower and the Des Moines Downtown Marriot.  Teams could choose to climb one or all three.

The event raises money for lung cancer research.  Officials say that this year the climb raised $214,000.

Event Coordinator Julia McCarville says, “These people have so many reasons to climb.  You're just in awe of their passion and dedication to the mission of the American Lung association. Every person has raised  at least a hundred dollars that's here today, that's a huge feat within and of itself.  We're proud to have them here with us.”

Registration for next year’s event is already underway.