MI Firefighters Join Columbia Tower Stairclimb Fundraiser
On Sunday, March 12, ten of the City's firefighters are participating in the annual
Scott Firefighter Stairclimb
, ascending 69 flights of stairs (or 1,356 steps) in Seattle's Columbia Center skyscraper to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The fundraiser, now in its 26th year, is open solely to firefighters, and completed in full structural firefighting gear: boots, pants, coat, helmet, gloves and a breathing apparatus.
This will be the twentieth time Mercer Island firefighter Kent Bastrom competes in the event; the MI firefighters' goal this year is
$10,000. In 2016, the event featured more than 1,900 firefighters from over 330 different departments (and five different countries) and generated a record $2.3 million for blood-cancer research and patient services.
To date, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has invested over $1 billion to develop cancer therapies and advance the production and application of many drug treatments. To donate to the Mercer Island firefighters' team, visit: