Chief Jay Hagen, Bellevue (WA) Fire Department
Friends and Family
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, I will be ascending the Columbia Center alongside women and men of the Bellevue Fire Department as we participate in the 29th annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Each year we climb for those diagnosed with blood cancers; our brothers and sisters in the fire service, our neighbors, our friends. This year, I climb in honor and memory of my mother and in remembrance of a close childhood friend. Over the next few months, I’ll be working hard to reach my personal fundraising goal, which is more than double what I raised last year. Donate now to join me in the mission of conquering and curing blood cancers.
What is the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb?
69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
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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