Welcome to My Personal Page
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
May 15, 2021
35 Years | 1,311 Steps | 3.2 miles | 400 Step-Ups
Hello! The challenges of 2020 brought so much of the world to a halt. Events, parties, holidays, and so much else was cancelled and postponed. What remained consistent, however, was the unflinching commitment of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to its mission to end blood cancer.
I will be participating in LLS's Seattle Big Climb next Saturday, June 13th. Typically, Big Climb entails climbing 69 flights of stairs in Seattle's tallest skyscraper. As a result of COVID-19 though, the 2021 Big Climb will be conducted virtually again this year. As with last year, I will miss the energy of the event and the impact and motivation of the family remembrance posters in the stairwells of the Columbia Center (note: I will still not miss the hot air in the stairwells!). However, I will climb the same number of stairs (1,311) in fresh air in Bellevue, WA because, although Big Climb will be virtual, cancer has not taken a break and patients need our support more than ever. In fact, patients continue to not only fight cancer but also face increased risks from COVID-19 due to compromised immune systems from the every therapies needed to treat their cancers.
As many of you know, I lost my father to cancer in May 2013 and that led to me thinking about ways to contribute to the fight against cancer. About a year later, I began working at a biotech startup in Seattle developing immunotherapies for blood cancer patients, and I continued to do that until about 3 years ago. Over the last three years, I helped found another Seattle biotech company developing cell and gene therapies for a number of different diseases, including a couple early programs focused on blood cancers. The incredible patient stories along the way (including those of my work colleagues) resulted in me wanting to become even more involved, and about 4 years ago I joined the board of trustees of the Pacific Northwest Region of LLS to help further the cause.
My commitment to a cure for blood cancer is not cancelled, and I ask you today to support my virtual climb with a donation to LLS today.
What is the Big Climb?
In typical years, the Big Climb is a stairclimb race up the Columbia Center - the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 floors of stairs, 1,311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it is challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through. All proceeds from this event benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For 33 years we were honored to host this event at the iconic Columbia Center but in 2020 and again in 2021, we will be virtually climbing from our neighborhoods. We are still so honored at the chance to be a part of this event and to climb with our Big Climb family across the nation on May 15th, 2021.
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!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please Click Here