As you may remember, in 2019 I was privileged to be part of the Stairclimb Challenge, hiking up the 1204 steps of The Bow in full firefighter gear. The boots are ridiculously heavy, but you barely notice the oxygen tank because you're so hot under the coat. And your legs sweat. It's fun.
But it's all for a good cause: Support for Wellspring. Wellspring provides programs and services to help individuals and families dealing with cancer. This past weekend, Calgary Fire Department Chief Steve Dongworth told the story of part of why Wellspring matters to him: both of his parents died from cancer. And I lost my older sister to cancer. I'm sure everyone has a story of such losses, which is why Wellspring matters so much.
This year, with COVID-related restrictions, all participants are climbing outdoors, wherever we can find stairs. Since there isn't a 1204-step outdoor staircase, I'll be adding a few hundred more stairs going down and starting up again. Chief Dongworth and Calgary Police Service Chief Constable Mark Neufeld did their climbs this past weekend. Both are in awesome physical shape and took just under 28 minutes to reach 1204 "up" stairs. I'll be lucky to go under an hour. I hope that next year we'll be back in The Bow.
And while the venues and the format have changed, Wellspring's need for financial support remains constant. This is their most important fundraising event of the year and I am pleased to be able to help. Contributions will be accepted until May 15 -- and I'll be matching whatever you donate.