Stairclimb Challenge Fundraiser

Posted February 13, 2020 at 5:43 am by

(From L to R): Firefighter Michelangelo von Dassow, Lieutenants Michael Henderson and Gilbert Venegas - Contributed photo

San Juan Island Fire­fight­ers Par­tic­i­pate in Chal­leng­ing Fundrais­er to Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma 

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — On Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22, 2020 at Fri­day Har­bor Mar­ket­place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., four San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue fire­fight­ers (SJIF&R) will be out in front of the store train­ing and rais­ing funds for the 2020 Leukemia and Lym­phoma Soci­ety (LLS) Stairclimb.

Lieu­tenants Michael Hen­der­son, Gilbert Vene­gas and Fire­fight­ers Michelan­ge­lo von Das­sow and Brooke Sevi­er will be in full struc­tur­al turnout gear — boots, pants, coat (lin­ers intact), hel­met, and gloves and using their breath­ing appa­ra­tus on a stair climber exer­cise machine in front of the mar­ket to raise mon­ey to fight blood can­cers and pre­pare for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition.

On Sun­day, March 8, 2020, the four fire­fight­ers will com­pete in the 2020 Leukemia and Lym­phoma (LLS) Stair­climb. SJIF&R fire­fight­ers will join over 2,000 career and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from through­out Wash­ing­ton and around the coun­try in the race to climb the stairs to the top of the Colum­bia Cen­ter, Seattle’s tallest building.

The entire­ty of the course must be com­plet­ed while wear­ing full turnout gear, while on-air. It takes 69 floors, 1,356 steps, and 788 ft. ver­ti­cal ele­va­tion gain to reach the high­ly acclaimed Sky View Obser­va­to­ry on the 73rd floor. This phys­i­cal­ly chal­leng­ing com­pe­ti­tion is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the strug­gle that blood can­cer patients endure.

The fire­fight­ers are ded­i­cat­ing their LLS fundrais­ing climb in hon­or of for­mer San Juan Island Fire Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­er John Jensen, who suc­cess­ful­ly bat­tled mul­ti­ple myeloma.

Please come root for our fire­fight­ers on Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 22, 2020 at Fri­day Har­bor Mar­ket­place, 515 Mar­ket Street in Fri­day Har­bor, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and help us raise mon­ey to research and fight blood cancers.

Dona­tions are also accept­ed on the SJIF&R team’s LLS Fire­fight­er Stair­climb page: https://shar.es/a3Bhmj

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The San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue was estab­lished on Octo­ber 6, 1958. The fire depart­ment cov­ers about 55 square miles, includes all of San Juan Island, as well as Brown and Pearl Islands. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it http://www.sjifire.org/

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