Set to compete on March 10th, Peter, our teammate, friend, and a local firefighter, will race the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, WA. “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 or volunteer firefighters who will climb up the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi in full turnout gear, weighing over 50 pounds, while on-air. Throughout the 69 flights of stairs, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. of vertical elevation gain, 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 directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since its inception in 1991, this event has raised over $17 million thus far.”
For Peter, who has competed at the event the last several years (this will be his 6th), the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb fundraising is important – “This year is particularly special to me. My long time friend and college roommate’s young son was diagnosed with leukemia in the fall of 2018. I will be dedicating my climb to him as he battles and puts on a brave face. This event has always been special to me, but to have it touch a good friend’s family, more than ever I want to push myself. Both to raise the money for a cure but also physically during the climb as I carry the thought of my friend’s son, his battle, and his picture on my helmet up the Columbia Tower. Please consider making a donation to not only help me achieve my personal fundraising goal, but to benefit patients and their families everywhere.”
Check out Peter’s Stairclimb Fundraising Page HERE!