Three Richmond firefighters are once again set to climb 69 floors in full gear at the 29th Annual Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), according to Richmond Firefighers Local 188.
On March 8, Richmond firefighters Kyle Mallinger, Marcus Faumui and Donnie Rath will climb 1,356 steps and 788 feet in the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle while wearing their “full structural firefighting gear including their air packs (SCBA) and mask,” which is over 65 pounds of extra weight, according to the firefighters’ union.
The community is encouraged to donate toward the effort, which will feature over 2,000 firefighters worldwide. Each Richmond firefighter is paying their own way to Seattle so that donations directly benefit LLS. Last year, a record $2.9 million was raised for blood cancer research, and over $20 million has been raised since the event’s inception, according to Local 188.
To make a tax deductible donation that will directly support LLS, click here.
“Please help support this amazing cause, and help represent the Richmond community and the entire Bay Area by giving to this amazing cancer battling event,” the firefighters union said. “Richmond firefighters are proud to serve our community, and excited to represent the generosity of its citizens.”