We did it! Last Sunday (3-26-17) My son and I scaled the Columbia Tower in Seattle to raise money for leukemia research – 69 floors, 1,311 steps straight up. I foolishly hadn’t trained at all for it so legs felt like lead and I had to make several rest stops, but we came in at 35 minutes. Whew, I’ve really got to hit the gym this year so I can beat that time next year… wow, I didn’t realized how I’d let myself go.
Over 6,000 people participated raising millions of dollars.
The “Big Climb” takes place every year in Seattle. The Columbia Tower (actually called the Columbia Center) is the tallest building in Seattle and the second tallest west of the Mississippi.
Well, I’m going for it again. I will be participating in the 31st Annual Big Climb on Sunday, March 26th.
I’ve started my fundraising a little late this year and have only until March 26th to raise at least $500.
You can sponsor my climb with a donation by clicking the ‘donate’ button on my Fundraising Page. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. All of the donations go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight leukemia and related blood cancers.
The Big Climb is a stair climb up the Columbia Center – the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 floors of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what many of my readers are going through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Take a look at the video above. It captures the true spirit of the Big Climb.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Every day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 10 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.
I started exercising yesterday. I actually went to the gym. Imagine that! It has been a long time and my sore muscles prove it.
But I have to get back into some semblance of physical shape because I’m doing the Big Climb in March. That means I have to get my legs strong enough to climb the 1,311 steps to the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle. This will be my third year doing it.
The Big Climb raises millions of dollars for leukemia research. I’ll post more info next week on how you can donate to the cause if interested.
In the mean time this old body is going to be running treadmills, climbing those step machine things, and maybe pumping some iron.