Good day everyone, its #GivingTuesday, and I would like to spotlight an excellent place if you are looking to be generous and give. The organization that I am an Ambassador for, the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb is a fundraiser that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is the worlds largest firefighter fundraiser event of its type, and it this is our 25th anniversary of the event on March 6, 2016.
Last year we brought in an astounding $2.2 million in funds through the hard work of 1900 firefighters who competed. This doesn’t take into accounting for the hundreds of volunteers and people who assist with making the event happen.
Why am I climbing? A personal reason. My mother Peggy was diagnosed on December 13, 1986 with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia when I was eight and my sister was four. I’ll talk more about her story on the anniversary of the event, but long story short…the disease tried and tried to kill her both mentally and physically beat her down. Her cure came in the form of a bone marrow transplant (BMT) from The Ohio State University Hospital (now The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center). This was an unrelated and not perfect match, but on March 14, 1990 it had to work…and it DID!
Why do I compete, fundraise, battle, and champion for this cause? If my work and the work of others can prevent ONE person from hearing those words or a child to have to go through that experience like we did, then I feel accomplished. I know however though that through the $17,000 that I have raised with your help over the last nine years that the funding has helped far more than one person. Advancements in technology, research, science, and healthcare as a whole have lead to major breakthroughs.
Will you please consider donating to the cause and helping me reach my goal of $2500 this year? Please visit the website http://www.llswa.org/goto/ff4cures16 for more information and to donate today.
Eastern & Central U.S. Ambassador to the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb