By Autumn Waite, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer.
On March 9, 2014, seven firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 7 raced up 69 floors of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb features firefighters from all over the world as they climb 1,311 steps in full bunker gear.
“This year’s climb is especially important to us,” said firefighter and team captain Bill Ekse, who is participating in the event for his 16th year. “We will be leading the way for Colton Matter, a young man in our community we’ve been climbing in honor of since 2010. Two weeks after we complete the firefighter climb, Colton will be participating in the public stair climb.”
Colton, who has been fighting leukemia since 2009, has had a team of supporters participate in the “Big Climb” every year since 2010. This will be the second time Colton is healthy enough to participate in the climb himself. He will be surrounded by family and friends, including many classmates from Heatherwood Middle School.
The “Big Climb” is open to the general public and is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s largest fundraiser, raising $1.77 million in 2013.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of “Colton’s Army” please visit:
Fire District 7 firefighters participating in the firefighter climb include: Bill Ekse, Ryan Englund, Jeremy Karapostoles, Sam Langheld, Matthew Nuttbrock, Joe Pereira, and Chad Squire.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of the Fire District 7 team please visit:
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