What inspires a person to push themselves to the limit? Visit with just one young person fighting leukemia, and you will find yourself doing what you can to make difference – even a small difference.
That is what has kept Richard Giles going back to the SCOTT FIREFIGHTER STAIR CLIMB for the past five years. The climb to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a 1,311 step – 788′ straight-up climb at the Columbia Tower in Seattle, while wearing full firefighting gear weighing 50+ lbs.
As Richard explains, “It didn’t start out that way. I was goaded into it by Yachat’s paramedic, Tony Mooney, and Central Coast’s, Dennis Canon. It started as a challenge, to see if I could actually compete against other firefighters in a grueling test of pure cardio output. It sounded ‘fun.'”
When asked what the hardest part is, Richard replies, “Not the training and not the extreme heat build up (remember the firefighters are covered head to toe with nowhere for your body heat to go)–the hardest part is asking for donations, even though I know 100% goes to the LLS for this important cause.”
The Leukemia / Lymphoma Society (LLS), has made astronomical gains toward a cure for blood cancers in the past 50+ years. Thanks to LLS driven research and access to better treatments for patients, survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled since 1960. This great success has inspired the LLS battle cry, “Someday Is Today,” showing just how close we are to 100% survivor rates for blood cancers–even reaching a cure for blood cancers.
With only 8.6% of all funds raised going to “overhead expenses,” the LLS has one of the highest donation-to-patient/research ratio out there.
“I have done many fundraisers throughout my life,” says Richard, “for many very good causes. However, the men, women, children, and their families stricken with some form of blood cancer have had nothing but praise for the LLS.
This year, this one day e Scott Firefighter Stair Climb has raised just over 2.1 million dollars. The fundraising deadline for this year’s stair climb is March 31st. This years goal for this event is 2.25 million dollars. If you would like more information on the LLS or its actives, visit http://www.lls.org/
Help Richard reach his fundraising goal of $1,500 by visiting the event’s web site, http://www.llswa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ff_home (You can also do an internet search for SCOTT FIREFIGHTER STAIR CLIMB.)
Click “DONATE,” enter “Richard Giles,” and make your donation. It’s that easy to make a big difference.