Employees participate in Regence-sponsored Fight for Air Climb in Portland

By Regence
March 01, 2018
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Photo: Mary Hobson (Regence), Karen Costello (ALA Advisory Board Member), Leslie Foren (Regence), Ian Wolfe (Regence), Dan Anolik (Regence), Arielle Anolik (Dan’s daughter), Jason Isenstein (Regence).

The American Lung Association’s (ALA) recent Fight for Air Climb drew hundreds of participants to the U.S. Bank Tower “Big Pink” building, a 42 story skyscraper in downtown Portland, Oregon. Participants walked, ran or raced up hundreds of steps to raise money for ALA research, education and patient programs. As part of the effort, Regence Oregon employees volunteered their time and joined in with their families to make a positive impact in the lives of over 32 million Americans who suffer from asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases.

Demonstrating the value of helping others

"I felt proud to see that Regence was a premier sponsor of a fundraiser for such a great cause, and I wanted to pitch in and show my support,” shared employee Dan Anolik. “I ended up taking my four-year-old daughter with me, who had a fun time. I told her that we were climbing stairs to help other people who can’t breathe as well.”

The work of the American Lung Association Oregon Chapter aligns with our work here at Regence to serve individuals and members living with lung disease. The Personalized Care Support (PCS) team recently participated in the COPD summit, where a group of local stakeholders came together to help develop a written Strategic Action Plan for the state of Oregon. 

Supporting a good cause

Regence employee Jason Isenstein, participated in the climb in his full volunteer firefighter gear and explained that he climbed because he “thought it was a good cause,” and considered these opportunities a lot of fun.

“This was my first time,” said Leslie Foren, another Regence employee, “and I completed 40 flights!” Adding to the excitement, the Regence team completed 380 total flights. “It was a great opportunity to connect with colleagues within the company, network with other partners, organizations and community members who support the work of the ALA,” concluded Leslie.

Regence strives to make a lasting, positive impact, like inspiring young people like Dan’s daughter. “She’s been telling people that she helped do a good deed…by climbing stairs, to help more people breathe,” revealed Dan.

For more information on how Regence supports people and families living with serious illness, visit our website at Regence Personalized Care Support.