22ND ANNUAL SCOTT FIREFIGHTERS STAIRCLIMB
69 Flights. 1311. Steps. 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation.
The Columbia Tower, is the tallest skyscraper in the State of Washington. It is the second tallest building on the West Coast. (c) 2011 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images
Climb. Conquer. Cure.
One of Seattle’s Favorite Annual Event
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
March 10th – Sunday – Columbia Tower,- 701 5th Avenue, Seattle.
Over 1500 firefighters across the United States and around the world, will participate in one of Seattle’s favorite events that raises awareness and money to help this organization’s mission in life. Literally – saving lives and making a difference in lives is what it is all about.
Who is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
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. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
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 4 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.
What is the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb?
The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is a timed race up the stairs at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle in full fire gear and SCBA. There are 69 flights of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788ft of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients must go through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Cole Vukich is the 6-year-old son of West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighter Steve Vukich and his wife Brooke. Cole was diagnosed at 2 years old with Biphenotypic Acute Leukemia (both AML & ALL)
Cole is currently receiving high-risk ALL treatments. In the past 3 1/2 years Cole has had to endure 25 intrathecal lumbar punctures (where chemo is injected into the spinal fluid) 98 IV drip chemo infusions, 7 MRI’s, 4 CT’s, 5 Bone Marrow aspirations, 7 Blood transfusions, 5 platelets transfusions, IVIG infusions, Pic line placements, and surgery for port placement. He takes between 1 and 9 chemo pills daily. This is all to keep the cancer from returning. Cole has been in remission for a year and a half. Cole has 7 months of chemotherapy left to go. We were told this makes him one of Mary Bridge’s longest on treatment pediatric cancer patients they have ever had. When Cole is done he will have been on treatments for 3 years and 10 months.
While new treatments and therapies are developed every day that continue to save thousands of lives, there is still isn’t a cure for cancer. Each dollar fundraised through the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb helps to fund vital blood cancer research, as well as to help support patients and their families.
Who are some of this Year’s Participating Fire Departments and What States do they Represent?
Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department – Anchorage Fire Department – University Fire Department. Alaska.
Rural/Metro Fire – Tucson Fire Department. Arizona.
Ventura City Fire – Mountain Gate Fire Department – El Dorado County Fire – Big Bear Fire Department – Cal Fire. California.
Victoria Fire Department – View Royal Fire Department. Canada
Denver Fire Department – Aurora. Colorado.
Marietta Fire Department. Georgia.
Nampa Fire Department – Moscow Fire Department – Boise Fire Department – Pocatello Fire Department – Kalispell Fire Department. Idaho.
Missoula Rural Fire – Dillon Volunteer Fire Department – Bozeman Fire Department – Helena College of Technology Fire and Rescue – Seeley Lake Fire Department – Rae Sourdough Fire Department. Montana.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Nevada.
Rye Fire Department. New Hampshire.
Fairchild Fire. New Jersey.
Boring Fire Department – Portland Airport Fire & Rescue – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue/Local 1660 – Forest Grove Fire & Rescue – Bend Fire & Rescue – Corbett Fire Multnomah County District #14 – Klamath County Fire District #1 – Hermiston Fire – Portland Fire & Rescue. Oregon.
Fredericktown Community Fire District. Ohio.
Rural/Metro Fire Department. Tennessee.
Victoria Fire Rescue. Victoria, BC Canada.
DCFD. Washington, D.C.
Bothell Fire & EMS – Spokane City Fire Department – Bainbridge Island Fire Department – Everett Fire Department – Paine Field Fire – Renton Firefighters Local 864 – Seattle Fire Department – Tacoma Fire – Bellevue Fire – Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services – Hanford Fire – Bates Technical College – King County Medic One. Washington State
BLM Fire – USDA Forest Service. Government Teams.
Who are the Top 2013 Fundraiser Teams?
1 – Boise Fire Department ($30,867.11)
2 – Spokane County Fire District #9 ($25,720.94)
3 – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue/Local 1660 ($25,405.00)
4 – Richland Fire Department ($17,765.07)
5 – Local 2878 ($16,616.00)
6 – Hanford Fire ($15,554.00)
7 – City of Buckley Fire Department ($15,205.00)
8 – Renton Firefighters Local 864 ($13,293.00)
9 – Nampa Fire Department ($13,226.00)
10 – West Pierce Fire & Rescue ($13,088.00)
Who are the Top 2013 Individual Fundraisers?
1 – Timothy Woodland ($11,405.69)
2 – Richard Brown ($10,673.87)
3 – Dan Cecil ($6,452.00)
4 – David O’Connor ($5,810.00)
5 – Jasper Stenstrom ($5,318.00)
6 – Joe Paterniti ($4,369.00)
7 – Corey Gorham ($4,100.00)
8 – Justin Smith ($4,060.00)
9 – Jay Edwards ($3,895.00)
10 – Bill Dean ($3,862.00)
Who are some of the Featured Firefighters Climbing during this event?
Meet Everett Fire’s Firefighter Joe Paterniti.
The first year I climbed to support Everett Firefighter John Jerde in his fight against leukemia. He lost his battle. Please help me in honoring him and finishing his fight by sponsoring me or another firefighter.
Hello Everyone! I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 10th. This will be my 15th or 16th time in a row doing this (I’ve lost count). Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!
Why do I do this? The first year I did it to show support for John Jerde, an Everett Firefighter who at the time was fighting Leukemia. He lost his battle so I continue his fight to kill this disease by climbing every year until I am no longer able. I do this in his honor & in the honor of others who have or are fighting blood cancers.
I will be 48 by the time of the climb. My best time up those stairs is 17:22. Last year I was in the 19s. I aim to beat my best. I raised a little over $8,000.00 last year. I’m starting late but am aiming for $10,000.00 I know I can reach both of these goals with your help.
Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause! Remember, every dollar counts when someone’s life depends on it! Now please click donate and let’s kick cancers butt!
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How can I donate to Joe’s team?
Go to Joe’s page at http://www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/FirefighterStairclimb?px=1282001&pg=personal&fr_id=1280 and click on “Donate to Joe!”
Let’s help Joe reach his Goal of $10,000.00.
Meet Seattle Fire’s Matthew “Matt” Runte with Engine 25.
Seattle firefighter Matt Runte is all fired and ready to go….
Greetings! Once again, I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 10th. Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!
Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause! Remember, every dollar counts when someone’s life depends on it!
You can pay by credit card and every dollar you make, is tax-deductible and plus, you are helping save a life!
Let’s help Matt reach his goal of $1,000.00.
Meet James “Jim” Ito with the Bothell Fire & EMS.
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Hello! I will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 10th. Please support me with a donation by clicking the donate button. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you for your generosity!
Jim’s Goal was $500 and has Exceeded his Goal! Congrats, Jim!
Every firefighter is a Hero. This timed event is definitely one to challenge your mental and physcial abilities and is a welcome challenge for many. Whether you get the top fastest time or not, you are still a winner to all of us.
We commend each and every one of you for your dedication to the extra training you have taken to get to this point and for reaching out your local Communities to raise money for this great cause. Today, we will watch and support you during your climbs, sharing your talents, skills and knowledge. We admire you for display of compassion for others and truly, saving lives!
For those behind the scenes supporting these firefighters, your hard work and commitment to making this a fun, family annual event has not been left unnoticed. Thank you for your hard work, time and commitment to helping make this a successful fundraiser, year-after-year.
To the families who support your firefighters, as they increase their training schedules for this event, for encouraging them to participate and everything in between – you all deserve a huge thank you, for being their foundation to success.
Photos from 2011 Climb:
Bellevue Fire’s Air Rig assisting with air bottles. (c) 2011 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images
Seattle Fire Air Rig [Reserve Unit] assists with air bottles. (c) 2011 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images
Seattle Firefighter receives family support. (c) 2011 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images.
Everett Fire’s Joe Paterniti (L) and Seattle Fire’s Matt Runte (R). (c) 2011 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images.
Prepping for the Climb. (c) 2013 LR Swenson/First Alarm Images.
This was one of several banners showing their support for this great cause – “Climbing for a Cure”.
Remember, the event is now only six days away and every dollar raised helps them to raise awareness, research and find a cure.
Don’t know if your friend, family or favorite firefighter is climbing in this event and want to support them? Go to this link at http://www.llswa.org/site/TR/Events/BigClimb?pg=pfind&fr_id=1280. You search by their first/last name or by their Fire Department.
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