The Grand Finale
69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
The Final Climb
I have had a great run over the last thirteen years participating in this event. This will be my fourteenth and final climb to the top of the tower. For a variety of reasons, most of them related to my ability to stay healthy enough to train properly for this event, I am stopping after this year.
I look back with pride knowing with the help of wonderful family, friends, and some absolute strangers I have raised over $80,000 for LLS. This, my final year, I hope to go out with a bang. I have set a lofty goal of $10,000.
I hope you will again donate to this wonderful cause. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society has made remarkable strides in advancing treatment and finding cures for blood cancer over the last two decades. I have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. There is now a cure for certain types of CLL. I could not have said that when I was diagnosed six years ago.
Thank you so much for being such a great supporter!
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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