MISSOULA — Although there's still some lingering uncertainty because of the latest pandemic surge, firefighters in Western Montana are preparing their teams for a return to Seattle to climb hundreds of stairs to help fight a critical disease.
The Seattle Stairclimb, which has raised millions of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has become a Northwest institution over the past 20-plus years. But like so many worthwhile events, the Stairclimb has been on hold for the past two years.
But firefighters — including those in Missoula — have been doing what they can to raise funds and stay in shape.
Last summer, Missoula's team — which has traditionally won, or placed in the Top 5 — trained with a speed climb up the "M" trail. Now, the team tells us they're preparing for the return of the Seattle competition, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, with hopes COVID-19 won't force another postponement.
Missoula firefighters are starting their fundraising, with an event Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Orange Street Food Farm from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The firefighters will be on the stairclimber, chatting with parents and kids, and taking donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
They have a link with more information on the Missoula Firefighters Facebook page.