So what if the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in which firefighters from across the country race up 1,311 steps and 69 flights of stairs at the Columbia Tower in Seattle in full gear to raise funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society was actually a month ago?
The effort toward raising money and awareness for those afflicted with blood cancers isn't a one-day deal, and though the Enumclaw Fire Department hadn't quite it its goal of $10,000 by the time the March 11 event came around, it has now -- and then some.
Team captain Maryn Otto reported Wednesday that the department ultimately raised $10,177.10 and would like to thank the community of Enumclaw, friends, family and co-workers "for being the heroes to many cancer patients! They couldn't have done it without you!"
The work -- both in fundraising and in training for the event -- began in November, Otto said, and the climb is no easy feat even for a seasoned athlete. “Being a part of Enumclaw Fire Department is fantastic," she said. "Working together with 1,550 other firefighters that are selflessly helping cancer patients, goes beyond words to explain. It’s moving. Especially, when you show up at the Columbia tower, the morning of the climb, and see the mass amount of firefighters that have donated their time and efforts and have come together all with a common goal. To eradicate blood cancers! Now, that is something to have a little pride in.”
Many off-duty hours were put into supporting this cause that many found personal connections to, Otto said. Blood cancer touches the lives of nearly everyone in the community in some form or other. It’s a cause that keeps them coming back with greater goals each year. “We won’t stop as long as there is a need to keep climbing," Otto said.
See a YouTube video in which EFD's Steven Lentz talks about what drove him to complete the race with this story, to the right.
Enumclaw's Lyle Bellah topped the list with a time of 14:13, playing 37th overall. ()