Multiple fundraiser events help spread awareness and raise money for charities, like cancer research, but few are as much fun as a charity stair climb. During these stair climbing events, participants make their way up dozens of floors to reach the top of a skyscraper or tall building.
Charity stair climb events take place across North America, with some of the largest being put on by the American Lung Association and the Canadian Cancer Society. Each challenge can be taken on either individually or in teams, adding a bit of competitive spirit to a good cause.
The American Lung Association is well known for their involvement in cancer awareness, so it is no surprise that they put on one of the most popular stair climbing fundraisers, the “Fight for Air Climb“. This cancer awareness climb takes place in prominent skyscrapers all over the country, and it is an active way for family and friends to team-up and fight against lung cancer and lung disease.
In addition to spreading awareness about cancer, the Fight for Air Climb has raised nearly $3 million to help fund cancer research, with the hopes of eventually achieving their goal of $8 million. The climb is a great cause, and it leaves participants feeling a sense of accomplishment.
As mentioned, the Fight for Air Climb is not the only Charity Stair Climb for Cancer. In fact, multiple, similar events raise awareness and money for active causes, such as the OutClimb Cancer Challenge, Stair Climb for Children’s Cancer, and the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.
The Stair Climb for Children’s Cancer helps to raise money for the Wheels of Hope program and pediatric cancer research.This stair climb is held at the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in which participants climb 660 steps in teams or as individuals. This climb offers climbers a spectacular view of Niagara Falls.
The OutClimb Cancer Challenge is a stair climb that takes place in the 24-story Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The OutClimb Challenge is organized by volunteers, with the proceeds benefiting the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Over a span of 3 years, the OutClimb challenge has raised nearly $100,000.
Each year, the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb takes place at the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington; the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. In the Scott Firefighter climb, participants climb 69 floors, totaling 1,356 steps, in the hopes of raising support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In recent years, this event has featured more than 1,900 firefighters from across the country, trying to make their way to the observation deck.