Firefighters climb stairs for good cause

More than 200 firefighters were at the Bow building in downtown for a different kind of battle Sunday afternoon.

Instead of a fire, their challenge was the highest elevation firefighter stair climb in the world.

They managed to raise $122,183 for their cause, a local cancer resource centre.

Organizer Cheryl Lowery said the effort was launched by the Calgary Firefighter Benevolent Fund to help the cancer support organization Wellspring Calgary.

“It was brought to Calgary by a woman whose brother is a fallen firefighter,” Lowery said. “He died in 2007 from cancer. It’s very near and dear to the heart for firefighters here in Calgary.”

The firefighters were dressed in full gear, adding an extra 70 lbs. to their climb.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it was great firefighters were helping contribute to Wellspring.

“It’s amazing they’re all coming together to do this,” Nenshi said. “Cancer is something that affects firefighters in significant ways, and the fact that they’re coming together to raise funds for such a great organization as Wellspring is terrific.”

Firefighters from across North America were in our city for the climb.

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