Stan Metcalfe (aka Deputy Cheeseburger)
Hi there. Thank you very much for checking out my fundraising page.
Those of you who know me, will know that this is my third year participating in the Calgary Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. It has been such an honour to raise funds in support of Wellspring Calgary, and I hope you will join me as I train for this monumental physical challenge. I very nearly did not participate in the 2017 stairclimb challenge, but as is often the way, I was glad to have found myself on top of the Bow tower surrounded by my victorious fire department family before I could change my mind.
In late December of 2016, we lost our brother Kory John Rycroft, a good firefighter, and a great friend, to his personal battle with mental illness. A week after we read his final dispatch, registration for the 2017 Stairclimb opened, and the void became glaringly apparent. Kory had been a member of the 2016 Stairclimb team, and had conquered the Bow alongside Brent Toews, Keane Martin, and myself. The 2016 event had been an expression of brotherhood, to a magnitude we had never experienced before. With tears in our eyes, we formed a team, and then a second. We cried together in training, and climbed until we threw up from exhaustion. Two months later, I got the terrible news that my Dad had passed away. I caught the next flight out to England, and didn't train for a month. When I returned, the sale of our house had gone through (much quicker than expected) and we moved into our holiday trailer to live a very minimalistic lifestyle.
Still reeling from a whirlwind of multiple stressors, I got back on the stairs with my team-mates. A lot of anguish, a lot of emotion, a lot of pain was left on those stairs, but thanks to the team effort, amazing friends, loving family, and the backing of our entire community, we rolled into Calgary with a huge entourage as one of the top fundraising teams.
Once again, I will be climbing in memory of our brother Firefighter Kory John Rycroft.
I would really like it if you could come along with us again this year. For me the journey is about so much more than fundraising; it's about sharing in the kindness and love that comes with doing something selfless for someone else. I hope along the way, to be able to share our journey with everyone, and hopefully make them smile. My team-mates and I will be shining a light on the importance of First Responders mental health programs, service above self, and the true meaning of brotherhood as we go.
If you would like to donate, all funds raised by the event will go towards Wellspring Calgary, an organization that provides free programs and resources to those affected by cancer. We all know that cancer is a grim possibility in our line of work. By making a donation, you would be helping to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. For more info on Wellspring Calgary, visit www.wellspringcalgary.ca.
Please join me on my journey, and help me support this great cause!
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