Columbia Tower in SeattleWe 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.

Feeling great today. Designed a business card for my son’s electrical business and am now about to do some writing.

It’s a relatively warm day for winter. The sun is shining through the clouds and it feels like Spring is closer.

I finally got all our stuff moved back into the house yesterday. Whew, glad that job is done.

My only concern now is that I get enough gym exercise to be ready for next month’s Big Climb. I’m moving a bit slower this year and need to get the kinks out so I can make it all the way to the top.

If you want more info about the climb please see my post about it. If you want to donate to sponsor my climb just click on the notice you see at the top right of this page.

Take care all.

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.

Thanks for your support.

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.

Wish me luck!

Every year firefighters from around the country, and even some from other countries, compete in a grueling stair climb up the tallest building in Seattle, Washington to raise money to help find a cure for leukemia. Each year they raise millions of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

You can see another post about the Stair Climb here.

Here’s a few shots from the event:

Firefighter gear Checking firefighter's boots
checking boot with magnet Scottish Band
Firefighter starts his timer and the race begins! Tired firefighter completes his climb to the top
150 volunteers work hard to make the Scott Firefighter Climb a success. View from the top of the Seattle Columbia Center building.