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Help Bend firefighters fight cancer

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Dec 03 2013 03:15:09 PM CST

Did you know that over 1 million people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma?

 Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer.  And sadly, every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer. 

Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 41.1 percent.

On March 9, 2014, Bend firefighters will be in Seattle to compete in the 23rd Annual Scott Firefighters Stair Climb challenge.

This event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and draws firefighters from around the world to Seattle to climb 69 floors of Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center.

They do the climb in all of their protective gear including air tank and mask, more than 60 pounds of total gear worn as they climb the 1,311 steps.  

In 2013, the event drew over 1,500 firefighters and brought in a record $1.44 million for blood-cancer research and patient services.  Bend Fire Department Captain Scott Wyman finished with the fastest time of the Bend firefighters at 13 minutes, 20 seconds (that’s 100 steps per minute!).

Know a local child battling cancer?  The Bend Firefighters are searching for a local child and their family to honor in 2013 as our “Inspiration to Compete”!  Contact Team Captain Eddie Vahdat at (541) 617-0842.

We need your help!  Stop by the Bend Brewing Company on Wednesday, December 4th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and have a pint of their excellent beer.  The Bend Brewing Company will be donating the proceeds from all pints purchased! 

For more information please visit www.firefighterstairclimb.org and click on the “Donate” button at the top of the page.  You can choose an individual firefighter by name or donate on behalf of the entire Bend Fire & Rescue team.  All funds raised go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

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