West Pierce Fire & Rescue
69 flights I 1,311 steps I 788ft of vertical elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure
This year, 23 firefighters from West Pierce Fire & Rescue will compete in the 2013 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, WA on March 10, 2013.
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 1,311 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city. The firefighters competing in this event wear full protective gear along with their SCBA (Self contained breathing apparatus) breathing through their masks the entire climb. The gear they wear weighs in excess of 50 pounds. The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb supports the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising money through sponsorships, individual and department fundraising, and entry fees. In 2012, the event featured over 1,550 firefighters from 281 different departments from all over the world.
Every year an honoree is chosen for this event. This year the honoree is Cole Vukich, son of West Pierce Firefighter, Steve Vukich. Cole was diagnosed at 2 years old with Biphenotypic Acute Leukemia (both AML & ALL). Cole is currently receiving high-risk ALL treatments. In the past 3 1/2 years Cole has had to endure 25 intrathecal lumbar punctures (where chemo is injected into the spinal fluid) 98 IV drip chemo infusions, 7 MRI's, 4 CT's, 5 Bone Marrow aspirations, 7 Blood transfusions, 5 platelets transfusions, IVIG infusions, Pic line placements, and surgery for port placement. He takes between 1 and 9 chemo pills daily. This is all to keep the cancer from returning. Cole has been in remission for a year and a half. Cole has 4 months of chemotherapy left to go. We were told this makes him one of Mary Bridge's longest on treatment pediatric cancer patients they have ever had. When Cole is done he will have been on treatments for 3 years and 10 months.
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 $814 million for research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The 23 firefighters from West Pierce Fire & Rescue would appreciate any donation that you can make. Donations are tax deductible and can be made to the West Pierce Fire & Rescue team, or to individual members, by clicking on the names listed below.
Thank you for your support of West Pierce Fire & Rescue.
|West Pierce Fire & Rescue - Join Team||Raised|
|Ken Von Stein||$1,196.00|
|Denotes a Team Captain|