CLIMBING FOR MY DAD JOHN REMINGTON
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I am training to climb 69 floors in honor of my father. I wish he was here to do it with me but I can hear his voice telling me "you got this Paigey."
It is an amazing honor for our family that my father John Remington was selected as the Honoree for this years LLS Big Climb!
My father has completed the Big Climb twice for Colton's Army, and you can’t even begin to imagine how upset he was when he realized he wasn’t able to do it a third time. Up until a few weeks before he passed away he would constantly tell us that he needed to get back to training.
My father passed on Saturday, April 21, 2018, just shy of his 82nd birthday. He battled CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) for 13 years, as well as Multiple Myeloma the last few months of his life.
Since you are receiving this email you know my father John but you may not know who he was as a whole. He was the most capable man that I have ever known. He was well-read and versed on a myriad of subjects. You could go to him with a question about literally anything and he would likely have an educated, and guaranteed lengthy, answer. I would give anything to be "stuck" listening to one of his narratives now. John is one of the best story tellers you could ever imagine. He worked hard and expected a lot of himself and others. He was an architect, a pilot, and served in the Air National Guard. If you wanted something done and done right, you wanted him to do it. That “something” might end up taking three times as long as you would expected, but it would be PERFECT. He worked out daily and set goals for himself ranging from marathons, weight training, hikes, and in the last years of his life he trained for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb event.
John relished the good things in life including art and music, travel and nature, food and wine, and friends and family. His work took him all over the world spanning the United States, London, Guam, Tokyo, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Kuwait, and the UAE. While he didn't have a singular best-buddy, the number of people who he had as friends and whom called John a friend was vast. He helped out friends in need without hesitation, volunteered or lent his expertise in areas whenever possible. The experiences of his life gave him an understanding of the world few will ever know. He was unencumbered by the political correctness that stagnates the world and preferred to actually get things done. His keen wit, sense of humor and ease with words, was infectious. Wherever he was people were drawn to him, and the irony is, he really did not want any undue attention. He would be honored, but also somewhat horrified that we were talking about him right now.
Please join me in the spirit of my father as 'WE' climb to raise money for a cure!
Thank you for your support!
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 at the bottom of my page 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.
Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause!
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