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69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Hello! Thank you for visiting my Personal Page. I will be participating in this year's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 10th. I missed last year due to a shoulder injury/surgery, but am back in the game for this year! Please support me with a donation. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!
THE IMPORTANT STUFF:
First, just what is the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb? It's a timed “race” up the stairs at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. Participants are in full firefighting gear and SCBA (breathing from the face piece). Although challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through. All proceeds raised by participants benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
In 2018, almost 1,900 firefighters from over 300 different departments climbed the steps and brought in over $2.2 million dollars. Our goal this year is $2,750,000.
Who is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
Sponsor Me! The main reason for doing this is to raise donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please donate what you can. If you know another firefighter that will be doing the Stair Climb and would like to donate to them (in addition to or instead of me), by all means feel free. Or if you’d prefer to donate directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you can do so on the main page.
THE FUN STUFF:
About the climb:
· 1,356 steps (It used to be 1311—they said they recounted, but I think they just added some!)
· 69 flights of stairs
· 788ft of vertical elevation
About the gear:
· 27 lbs (give or take) Full structural firefighting gear
· 12 lbs SCBA and face piece (not including air bottle)
· 19 lbs 60-minute air bottle--Experience says a "60-min" bottle will last about 25 min!
· 58-60 lbs total combined weight of my gear and SCBA.
A sample of my Training Routine (well, when I’m sticking to it!):
· Stairs at the Fire Alarm Center (through mid-Feb while doing Dispatcher Training:
· 2 times/week
· ~20 min alternating single, double, and triple-stepping up/down 101 stairs 13 times.
· 5 lbs on each ankle
· Stairmill 60-80 steps/min, depending on weight load
· 2-3 times/month
· ~20 min at full speed, 10 min gradual slow-down/cool-down
· 40-65 lbs Training weights (5 lbs on each ankle, SCBA w/face piece, sometimes turnout gear)
**pace will increase (slowly) as my training progresses!
Year ime Ranking Notes
2008 17m 52s 296 My first year!
2009 21m19s 701 Limited training due to USNR Recall
2010 18m 06s 306
2014 19m 00s 432
2015 17m 33s 242
2016 16m 27s 153 My BEST time yet!
2017 18m 03s 311 We switched to a new SCBA… I blame that!
2018 Injured 841
2019 20m 57s Very little training this year.
2020 <18m Off to a slow start with training this year, but I have hopes!
How YOU Can Help:
Donations can be made by cash or check to me (checks made out to LLSWA), or credit card directly through the “DONATE” link on this page. 100% of donations raised here go to patient support and the fight to eradicate blood cancers. And they’re tax deductible. Thank you very much for your generosity and support.
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