On Sunday, September 25, 2011, firefighters from around the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Alaska, Montana, and Idaho will run the 800 steps of the US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland during the 3rd Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation. Firefighters will be outfitted in over 70 lbs. each of full "combat gear" including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) commonly used in the line of duty.
In addition to a competitive 40 floor, 800 step ascent of the US Bancorp Tower, firefighters will also compete to raise funds in the battle against CF. In 2009, over 233 firefighters representing 56 fire agencies finished the Portland climb and raised over $52,000 for CF research.
Portland Firefighter Christine Pezzulo at Station 5 has already begun readying herself for the climb by staying active and cross-training outside of work. Firefighter Christine notes that she enjoys the preparation and training, the friendly competition between firefighters, the personal challenge, and raising money for a great cause. Christine has made it her personal mission to raise as much money as she can for this cause every year to support a fellow brother firefighter and his grandsons. Wes Loucks, a retired Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighter of 32 years, and his wife Belinda founded the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb when both of their young grandsons were born with CF (picture of Loucks and grandsons to the right). Louck’s grandsons, Carson and Brandon, fight for their lives on a daily basis, battling through daily breathing treatments and ridiculous amounts of medication. Read their story here.
FIREFIGHTERS – ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Firefighters are welcome to register for the climb at http://www.portlandstairclimb.com/.
NOT CLIMBING BUT WANT TO DONATE?
Although the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb is open only to firefighters, the public can help through donations. Visit https://www.cff.org/Chapters/oregon/EventDonation/?idEvent=16370 to make a general donation for the event that will support the mission of the CF Foundation and help keep pace with current commitments to vital cystic fibrosis research and care.
You are also welcome to donate to Portland Firefighter Christine Pezzulo’s personal fundraising efforts for the 3rd Annual Firefighter Stairclimb at http://www.cff.org/LWC/dsp_donationPage.cfm?idEvent=16370&idUser=463001.
MORE ABOUT CYSTIC FIBROSIS
More than 30,000 children in American have CF, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.
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