69 flights I 1,356 steps I 788 ft. of vertical elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Hello! I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!
What is the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb?
The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is the world's largest on-air stair climb competition at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. We compete in full combat gear weighing close to 50 pounds.There are 69 flights of stairs, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. of vertical elevation gain. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients must go through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
What is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested nearly $1 billion to advance cancer therapies and save lives.
Every day, more than 350 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 4 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.
Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause! Remember, every dollar counts when someone's life depends on it!
Climbing for Life
For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan Island. I am climbing in Honor of my friend Anna Strickland. I am also climbing in memory of a man I never met but wish I had, Tristan Smith.
As I entered the Seattle Fire Department in February 2016, Tristan Smith was fighting Leukimia for nearly 2 years. I hadn’t met him or heard his name. As I worked through SFD drill school we began getting updates of a SFD brother who was sick and began to hear about him and those close to him and how they were lending a hand. In April of that year Tristan passed away. 6 months later I was assigned to Ladder company 8 A shift as part of my probation. I would be sharing the Truck and be trained by his crew, those that know him best for the next 4 months… As a probationary firefighter you are never really part of the crew, almost like an imbedded war journalist, you study, work at your craft and stay out of the way, but you don’t get to participate much of social aspects of station life. When the talk turned to Tristan as it often would that was an exception, it was clear that the memories of Tristan needed to be preserved and propagated. Funny stories, harrowing stories, stories of his character and just fond memories. It was a bit strange sitting in a seat where he had been thinking so much about a man I never met, I couldn’t help but feel I had missed out. I want to climb and raise money for Tristan Smith. Maybe with our efforts and donations we can keep another brother in his seat.
In Summer of 2015 Anna Strickland was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. She had a 2 year old and were now 9 months pregnant with a second child. With her husband Chance they had recently relocated from Ballard to Oahu to follow the Boat that Chance Captains for work. They were terrified by the diagnosis, for themselves, thier family. Anna and Chance immediately moved there family back to Ballard due to the superior resources in Seattle. After delivering a healthy baby girl “Shiloh” Anna immediately began 6 months of aggressive treatment. Every day she put one foot in front of the other and step by step made improvements as documented Chance on their blog chance-strickland.squarespace.com “Better everyday”. Anna’s spirit, the support she received from family, friends and her care team along with breakthroughs in treatments provided a successful outcome. On March of 25, 2016 Anna was declared cancer free! She is currently in remission!
Annas Daughter “Shiloh” and My Daughter “Mabel” are best of friends born a day apart, under circumstances that couldn’t have been different. But today you would never know it. Please support further innovation in treating and diagnosing cancer by donating to my climb up the Columbia tower, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time. You never know if your friend, sister, brother, wife, son, daughter or parent could be the recipient of lifesaving treatment in part due to your donation. Thank you.