2020 Stairclimb "My Challenge to go from wheelchair to the top floor in 152 days"
69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Rehabilitation. Climb. Conquer. Cure.
So it won't really take me 152 days to climb the tower, hopefully more like 20-25 minutes, but my process of getting from the wheel chair to the top will. Due to the extreme generosity of friends, family, and supporters in 2019 fundraising, I was able to early register for 2020 prior to my injury. Some of you may already know of my own personal challenges I faced in late 2019 and into 2020, but for those of you that don't, here is the short version.
On September 21st of 2019, I suffered a spinal cord injury after a dirt bike accident which initially left me paralyzed from the neck down. Fortunately, I was able to regain some minor movement in my extremities within the first week. Nineteen days after my injury, I was able to take my first steps at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Dever, Colorado. When I took those steps, I challenged myself to still complete the 2020 Stairclimb to support the Fight for a Cure. While my challenges in rehab have been different than those suffered by people fighting cancer, I am using the pain that I have gone through during this last several months as motivation to complete the Stairclimb in support of those who have fought or are fighting Leukemia and Lymphoma.
To date I am getting stronger through a lot of hard work and therapy, and plan to return to my job as a Battalion Chief this Spring after I receive my doctors blessings. I just hope the two 5" titanium rods and 10 screws in my neck don't cause problems at the airport in my future.
Please consider making a donation to not only help me achieve my personal fundraising goal, but to benefit patients and families everywhere and the hope of finding a cure.
What is the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb?
The LLS Firefighter Stairclimb is the world's largest on-air stair climb competition, and annual fundraiser held at the tallest building in town, the Columbia Center. All 2,000 participants are career, volunteer, or retired firefighters who will climb up the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi in full turnout gear, weighing over 60 pounds, while on-air. Throughout this grueling course, we all remember that every step forward is representative of moving closer to a cure. Although this is an extreme test of physical endurance, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients endure. All proceeds raised directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since its inception in 1991, this event has raised over $20 million thus far.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and sincere generosity in this cause worth climbing for.
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