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69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Cancer Sucks! It always does. This year, though, it hit close to home. My wife and I lost people close to us that we love and admire. I have friends with kids that have it. I know people who’ve lost loved ones, unfortunately, I think we all do…cancer sucks. I often wish I could do something. For those of you that don’t know me, and I hope that those of you that do, share this, I’m a firefighter. My nature is, and I’m compelled to help people. Cancer is a tough one because it seems like there isn’t much I can do. I can do this though. I can raise money and awareness through participating in the Firefighter Stair climb. It’s much more than a bunch of knuckle dragging, gung-ho firefighters symbolically climbing the Columbia Center Stairs on a (likely) rainy day in Seattle. We, my 2,000 brothers and sisters, and I will raise money through your donations to this site, through thousands of local fund-raisers and out reaches. Collectively, we will raise $3,000,000 for research, patient services and advocacy programs. Yeah, climbing 69 flights of stairs with all that stuff (turn-out gear, helmet, mask, air-pack, boots and gloves) is difficult, but it’s nothing compared to what I can only imagine battling cancer is like. I’m climbing for everyone affected, but those loved ones will be in my heart the whole way up those stairs. Please pitch in.
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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