FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2013
Contact: Lt. Jason Bostic – FFII/PIO/CFSI
Tel: (740) 627-1664
Local firefighter continues to climb for cures
FREDERICKTOWN – Local firefighter, Lieutenant Jason Bostic of the Fredericktown Community Fire District will once again join over 1550 firefighters from around the world in Seattle, WA for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb. The 23rd annual event that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Bostic and other competitors will race up 69 floors to the top of the Columbia Center tower that stands at 788 feet and is the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It will take firefighters 1311 grueling steps to reach the top and the will do the event wearing full firefighter gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) weighing an average of 70 pounds.
“I live for these events and the ability to see the difference that we make in peoples lives by fundraising for charity. When you look into the eyes of a family member or a honoree and hear them speak about their battle, it pushes you to do so much more.” said Lt. Jason Bostic. “You’re there as a part of the large brotherhood of firefighting that sees challenges like this and takes them head on.”
In preparation, Bostic has continued throughout the year traveling to a variety of runs and stair climbs to compete in full gear to prepare for Seattle.
“I never saw myself picking this many events up throughout the year in so many areas, but connections and friendships I have made makes this very addicting and competitive,” said Bostic. “Every time I turn around I’m getting an invite to another event or helping promote one I’m involved with.”
With a workout regimen that challenges the cardiorespiratory system, he uses the Mount Vernon YMCA, other facilities, and a stair climber at home to continue preparing for the next event.
“I’ve had a lot of questions about the training and the event over the last several years and a big part is education and informing people about these causes. Even better has been getting more people involved,” said Bostic. “There is more to the firefighter calling than just putting out fires and doing rescue work, its about helping people, making a difference and going the extra mile. We are not only helping these causes, but promoting health and fitness amongst our profession.”
This will be the eighth time he has competed in the event, and has raised $12,656 in the first seven years participating. For this climb, Bostic has set a goal of $5,000 in fundraising and to beat his own PR of just less then 30 minutes.
“I don’t know where I came up with the total from this year. I just know I want to challenge myself, and hitting the mark is going to take work. It’s a lofty goal.”
Bostic’s motivation for participating in the event was his mother Peggy’s illness of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia that nearly took her life in 1986. Her long battle with CML continued to slowly kill her until she received a bone marrow transplant in 1990. The unmatched, unrelated bone marrow transplant was the first of its kind at The Ohio State University Medical Center and was before the James Cancer Institute came to fruition. Without fundraisers and funding for research, her life may not have been saved. She has been in remission since 1993 and continues to live a healthy life.
“I can’t payback the efforts of what the L&LS and their research did to save my mom, but I can pay it forward and make sure it is there for someone else,” Bostic added.
Recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighting competition in the world, the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is sponsored by Scott Health & Safety and attracts Firefighters to Seattle from as far away as Newfoundland, New Zealand, and Germany. In 2013, over 1500 firefighters representing over 281 departments from around the world competed in the Seattle climb that raised a record $1.44 Million for the Society. He continues to be the only firefighter representing the State of Ohio at this event.
For more information about his climb and to donate you can visit his personal website at www.ff4cures.com and follow the link on the page to the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb.