Jeff Negrete, Tillerman, Ladder 3
69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
Well, it's been a few years and a few pounds ago since I last did the climb, and last time I did it I said, "This is the last time". One might ask at 49 years old, why the change of heart? Over the last year I have watched two of my close friends be diagnosed and start treatment for cancer. Both were on my crew for 10+ years, both have dedicated their lives to protecting and helping the community. They are my brothers and I have the upmost respect for them. I'm doing this for them and the countless others who have been diagnosed with cancer in hopes that they may soon find a cure.
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... every little bit helps.
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