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Over 3800 runners scaled 94 floors of the John Hancock building yesterday, including a team of attorneys from Jenner & Block, to raise a half million dollars for the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago (now known as the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago), which fights respiratory diseases such as asthma and lung cancer by funding scientific research and educating the community about the hazards of smoking.
The Jenner & Block team raised over $3,500 (as of March 1) for the American Lung Association at its annual "Hustle up the Hancock" event and were among several other teams from corporations and law firms across Chicago that participated in the event. Over 300 firefighters, many in full gear, also scaled the skyscraper’s 1,632 stairs to raise money for the organization.
The American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago will use the funds to aid the 28 million Americans that suffer from some form of lung disease, including the 96,000 children in the Chicago-area alone that suffer from asthma.