The final Bend Firefighter stair climb fundraiser to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. today in front of Fred Meyer in Bend.
The event is the final practice run before the Scott Firefighters Stair Climb challenge in Seattle on March 10. Participating Bend firefighters will climb Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center, in about 60 pounds of gear as a fundraiser for the Leukemia Society. Last year, the event drew more than 1,550 firefighters and brought in $1.2 million for blood-cancer research and patient services.
Those who would like to donate to the organization can do so by attending today’s event, or by donating online at www.firefighterstairclimb.org.