Big Climb Seattle

Team GIL


Aloha!  Team Gil will be participating in the Big Climb Seattle on Sunday, March 24th for the fifth time.  We get together annually to remember and honor Gilbert Gacula.  Gil was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in February 2013 and less than a year later he passed from complications of pneumonia.  Gil was a unique individual.  He was first and foremost the best dad and husband to Timothy (16), Joseph (14), Isabel (10), Bruce (5) and his wife Darleen.  Along with being a dedicated and hardworking family man, Gil was a passionate engineer employed by both the Boeing Company and United Technologies Aerospace Systems.  As a project manager and lead engineer, he successfully lead his design and structural landing gear teams.  His warm and inviting character along with his vast knowledge of aerospace landing gear helped flourish many personal and professional relationships.  Gil's love of the water and spearfishing was the motivation for creating his side business.  Speardiver was born as both an outlet for all of his creativeness and and his desire to design and create his very own spearguns.  His spearguns were admired globally and his customers were located all over the world.  Many considered his work as art and too beautiful to take into the water.  His spearguns were one of a kind, ironically just as Gil was.  His fight against cancer was admirable.  Chemotherapy was successful, but the cancer left him vunerable and just when he thought he was in the clear he was thrown another curve ball.  Sadly, Gil passed.  Team Gil remembers Gil for the beautiful person that he was and his honorable fight against cancer.  


Please support us with a donation by clicking the 'donate now' button above.  Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. 


What is the Big Climb?
The Big Climb is a stairclimb up the Columbia Center - the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle.  There are 69 floors of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation.  Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through.  All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The video below captures the true spirit of the Big Climb.

Who 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.

Every day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 10 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.

To donate to our team as a whole, please click the 'donate' button above, and your donation will be distributed equally between all team members. To make a donation to an individual team member, please click on their name below.

Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause! 

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