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Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Hello! I will again be participating in the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Before I ascend the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, WA, I will be raising funds throughout the season in the name of funding and finding a cure.
This year is a bit more personal and special. I will be climbing to support Ella Morris, the daughter of very close family friends. At just 2 years old, Ella is a true fighter as she was diagnosed with a rare form Leukemia called AMKL in March 2019. Ella and her family are a true inspiration. Ella, had to complete many rounds of chemotherapy while staying inpatient at Boston Children's hospital. Despite the intense chemotherapy, Ella was an energetic joyful 2 year old, throughout her treatment. She spent many of her days running through the hospital halls, laughing and keeping everyone on their toes. Ella's parents and grandparents cared for her round the clock throughout her time at Children's. I can't even imagine being in their shoes, seeing such a little person go through so much. This fall, after a 6 month hospital stay, Ella was able to return home with her family! Their resilience and strength is beyond incredible, and I feel so honored to do this climb in Ella's name. Thinking of the fight this little cutie has had in her will be the driving force in helping me climb to the top.
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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