West Benton Fire Rescue participated in the 2018 – 27th Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society.
The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is the world’s largest stairclimb competition. It includes over 2,000 firefighters and 330 departments representing 9 different countries. This consistently sold-out event is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser open solely to firefighters who must compete in full structural turnout gear while on-air. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society develops cancer therapies and advances the production and application of many drug treatments. As firefighter’s race to the top of the tower, they keep in mind that every step forward is representative of moving toward finding a cure for all those battling a blood cancer. Often firefighters represent a community member battling this terrible disease. This year West Benton Firefighters Association represented 18-year-old, Prosser native, Nate Dixon who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease. Nate and his mom were able to attend the event as the team’s guest honorees and they truly appreciate the opportunity to learn about this event. It goes without saying, that this cause is extremely important to Nate and his family.
West Benton Firefighters Association sent 5 members headed up by team captain Philip Chong. Who joined the participants in climbing 1,356, 69 floors, 788 feet elevation gain, in collective efforts for the cause.
West Benton Firefighters Association Participants and their times:
Philip Chong 18:56
Ben Wildman (on behalf of James Wildman) 20:24
Keith Johnson 22:20
Braydon Johnson 32:15
Lionel Martinez 40:24
West Benton Firefighters Association raised $2,050.00 through individual and business donations. 100% of those proceeds were contributed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The West Benton Firefighters Association would like to thank Prosser, and surrounding communities, for their generous contributions in helping the team reach its current level of donations. Should you still want to contribute to this great cause, donations are still accepted until March 31st. Please call the West Benton Fire Rescue station at (509) 786-3873 to learn more about how to donate.
This year a total of $2.34 Million was raised to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The West Benton Fire Rescue Association is honored to help a cause that has affected a local family and others within our community.