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69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Yes, I'm going to do it again even though I'm retired. I can't say it's to show up the young guys or to prove to myself that I'm not old - those lies I was telling myself are right out the door. I'm old and the young guys are going to kick my butt. I'm doing it so you'll donate.
This last year we lost a former team captain, Tyler Van Pelt. He died of leukemia at the age of 31. We all thought he was a success story, doing very well for over a year after a bone marrow transplant. The leukemia came back with a vengeance and took his life in just a few short weeks.
On January 4th my father-in-law Dave McIntire died from AML. He was diagnosed 18-months ago with "pre-leukemia" and then right after Christmas his leukemia turned acute and he died a few days later.
That is why I am doing this and why I encourage you to donate. To help find a cure that will help save lives.
Below is the canned spiel from LLS
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 or volunteer firefighters who will climb up the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi in full turnout gear, weighing over 50 pounds, while on-air. Throughout the 69 flights of stairs, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. of vertical elevation gain, 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 $17 million thus far.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and sincere generosity. We climb because beating cancer is in our blood.
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