Do Good, Feel Great: Lung Association Invites Pittsburgh Area Residents to Climb Stairs of Iconic One Oxford Centre

Updated on March 5, 2023

Here in Pennsylvania, there are nearly 2 million people living with lung disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and others. To help fund the American Lung Association’s work to end lung disease, today, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania announced that it will host the iconic Fight For Air Climb at One Oxford Centre on Saturday, March 25, 2023 with a fundraising goal of $145,000.  MSA has joined the event as the Presenting Sponsor.   

This is the 17th year of the Fight For Air Climb in Pittsburgh. For the event, more than 300 participants (including firefighters and first responders) will climb 40 floors and 897 steps to the top of One Oxford Centre.  

“Fight For Air Climb events are great for friends, family, companies and first responder teams to climb stairs to support people with lung disease and lung cancer, have fun and get some great exercise. And anyone can climb! This event is designed for every type of climber, from beginners to competitive climbers,” said Caroline Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Lung Association. 

Joining the Fight For Air Climb supports the work of the Lung Association to defeat lung cancer, improve the air we breathe, reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.

Kelly Herman, a Fair Oaks resident and Fight For Air Climb Committee member and five year Climb participant said, “Our family lost our Pap who suffered from COPD on March 6, 2018. We signed up for the Pittsburgh Fight For Air Climb after we lost him and quickly raised $2,000 in his memory.” 

After their first Climb, Kelly and her family wanted to do more for lung health in Pap’s memory and organized a fundraising sporting clay shoot at the Rochester Sportsman’s Club to benefit the Lung Association. “Pap was an avid sportsman, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor his memory. Our whole family is involved and there are a lot of us! At our September fundraiser last year for Pap we raised $16,000 which is going towards our 2023 Fight For Air Climb fundraising to support the Lung Association and their work to defeat lung disease,” said Kelly. Pictured left.

To date, Kelly and her How Nice Climb team have raised $30,500 to support the Lung Association’s work to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy efforts. To support Kelly, or to learn more about her pap’s story, visit her team page.

The Fight For Air Climb’s #WinnerWednesday is ongoing and offers participants a chance to way to earn prizes while fundraising and growing their teams. win an expense paid trip to the Buffalo, NY Climb on Saturday, May 13. To learn more about #WinnerWednesday, visit the Fight For Air Climb Pittsburgh Facebook page

The 2023 Fight For Air Climb Pittsburgh is sponsored by: MSA Safety; UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Emerson.

For more information and to register, visit To learn more about the American Lung Association and the work they do, including this year’s funding of local lung health researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Amanda Poholek, Ph.D. and Maryam Sharifi-Sanjani, Ph.D., visit

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