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New $100 Fundraising Minimum
All participants 18 years of age and over, are required to fundraise a minimum of $100. This is in addition to the $42.50 registration fee. Participants who do not raise the minimum, will not be allowed to participate in future Big Climbs.
Why we're raising the fundraising minimum to $100:
When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Most leukemia patients, especially children, died within three months. Even by the mid-1950s, when the first-generation chemotherapy drugs began appearing, the disease remained a stubborn challenge. Thanks in part to innovative research funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), survival rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients. LLS is a driving force behind breakthroughs in treating blood cancer patients.
All donations from the Big Climb help support the mission of LLS:
To cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, Myeloma, and to help improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Each day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to our goal of finding a cure. Locally, LLS funds 7 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Also, the event has to be capped at 6,000 participants and last year there were over 2,000 people on a waitlist. For these reasons, it is vital for the Big Climb to maximize participant's fundraising efforts.
How the $100 fundraising requirement works:
All participants 18 years of age and over must raise $100 by the fundraising deadline of April 4th. If you still have not raised $100 by April 4th, participation in future Big Climb events will not be permissible.
Note to 2013 participants who DID NOT fundraise the minimum:
If you were a participant in the 2013 Big Climb and didn't reach your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline, you will not be allowed to participate in the 2014 climb. If you did not meet your fundraising minimum in 2013 and register for the 2014 climb, you will be unregistered, notified you've been unregistered and refunded the registration fee, minus the cost of online processing.
For more information, please contant Ryan Boyce before attempting to register for the 2014 climb.