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About the Event

The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,356 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city. The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb supports the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising money through sponsorships, individual and department fundraising, and entry fees. The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser open solely to firefighters and must be completed in full structural firefighting gear while on air. While completing the climb is a physical triumph in itself, it is also symbolic of, but pales in comparison to, the strenuous journey that all cancer patients endure. As firefighters race to the top of Seattle’s tallest building, they keep in mind that every step forward is representative of moving toward finding a cure for all those battling a blood cancer. In 2017, the event featured 2,000 firefighters from over 330 different departments and 8 different countries. This group of phenomenal climbers brought in a record $2.4 million for blood cancer research and patient services. 

To date, LLS has invested over $1 billion to develop cancer therapies and advance the production and application of many drug treatments. Now in it’s 27th year, this event has raised almost $15 million for LLS. We are continually astounded by the passion this community brings to this campaign, and are excited to aim for our 2018 fundraising goal of $2.5 million!

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $1 billion for research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.


Scott Firefighter Stairclimb Staff:


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Sydney Allen, Campaign Manager

Sydney started her career at LLS in 2015 as an intern with the Light the Night Campaign. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo after growing up in Southern California. After a year of laboratory research, Sydney has returned to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with a commitment to help find a cure. 


Emily Muirhead, Campaign Specialist

Emily joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society team in Autumn 2016 as a Campaign Assistant, splitting her time between all four non-national campaigns including the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications: Journalism with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. After previously working as a journalist across the Puget Sound region, she has now fully shifted her career into the nonprofit realm. She aspires to continue working toward producing a better future for those who need it most through community outreach and fostering human connection. Emily is deeply dedicated to LLS’s mission of working for a cure.


Contact Us:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Attn: Scott Firefighter Stairclimb
5601 6th Ave South, Suite 182
Seattle, WA 98108
phone: 206.628.0777
fax: 206.292.9791