2020 Firefighter Stairclimb: Welcome to Daniel Kono's Personal Page
69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Friends & Family,
I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 8th, in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington. We compete in full structure gear and it is currently the world’s largest on-air competition. There are 69 flights of stairs, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. of vertical elevation gain. If you are interested in donating or looking for more information, click on the link in my bio, and click “view more” on the page!
Please support me with a donation by clicking the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you so much!
If you are willing to donate and personally know someone affected, send me your favorite photo of them and I will bring it up with me to the top of the Columbia Center. Email me personally at email@example.com.
A few very close family members have been affected by Leukemia & Lymphoma and I will be honoring the following:
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin (Fremont Firefighters Local 1689), who lost his three-year battle with job-related cancer in July 2015. Jim started his career with CAL FIRE before joining the Union City Fire Department, working up to the rank of captain. He continued his career with the Fremont Fire Department and climbed the ranks to Deputy Fire Chief. Jimmy left a memory on everyone that knew him and is very well-respected.
Daniel Kono, who passed away from Leukemia in January 1965, just a few months after my father, Kevin Kono, was born. I was given my grandfather's name to continue the life he never was able to live.
Palma Christman, my grandma, is a survivor of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma for 20 years. She was diagnosed in 1997, completed treatment in one year, and since then, has fortunately remained in remission. My grandma continues to live a strong and healthy life in San Jose, CA.
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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