What Is Big Climb?

Why Blood Cancer?

Since 2000, more than 40% of cancer-fighting therapies approved by the FDA were first approved to treat blood cancer patients and many of these therapies are now helping patients with non-blood cancers. Some of the approved therapies are chemotherapy, bone and stem cell transplantation, and more recently immunotherapy.

Blood Cancer Statistics

An estimated 174,250 people in the US are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2018. Within the last ten years, blood cancer survival rates have doubled, tripled, or quadrupled depending on the specific cancer. An estimated 1,345,123 people in the US are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

Why Big Climb?

The Seattle Big Climb started in 1986 and has contributed to LLS generating over $28 million in funding for research. In 2018 the Seattle Big Climb broke the $3 million dollar barrier for a single year. 100% of the proceeds go towards LLS's mission to cure blood cancer.

How It Works

Climb Your Way

Virtually climb 1,311 steps that would take you to the top of the Columbia Center in a few different ways.


Climb 1,311 steps in your home, apartment building or even a community park.


Tackle 3.2 miles or 6,550 steps in your favorite form of exercise to virtually climb to the top of the Columbia Center.

Step Ups

Challenge yourself with 440 step-ups to accomplish your climb!



Fundraise Your Way

It is free to register and participate in Big Climb. As a Climber, we challenge you to fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission.

• Raise $100 and receive Big Climb’s official Big Climb Bib and Medal.

• Raise $250 and receive Big Climb’s official Big Climb Tech Tee.

• The more you raise, the more you are rewarded. Full recognition program coming soon.

In 2020, Climbers raised an average of $300 through their efforts. So set your goal and get started today!



Get Involved


If you are interested in a corporate partnership with our event, please contact Jacquelyn Harvey, at jacquelyn.harvey@lls.org or 206.957.4574.

2021 Sponsors


If you are interested in photographing Big Climb, please contact the Big Climb staff here.

If you are with a media outlet and are interested in covering the Big Climb in some capacity, please reach out to our Campaign Director, Shauna Marshall, at shauna.marshall@lls.org.


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