About The Climb
On May 7, 2017, up to 500 firefighters from North America will be climbing the stairs of Calgary’s BOW Building, Western Canada’s tallest building and the highest elevation in the world, in support of Wellspring Calgary. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for firefighters and all citizens living with cancer.
Hosted by the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society, Calgary is poised to cheer on the brave ones who will ascend the 775 vertical feet -- 1204 steps!! -- of THE BOW Building, in full firefighter duty gear. Starting at 3400 feet above sea level, this climb is the highest elevation stairclimb in the world! Firefighters will have the opportunity to be timed wearing their full duty gear, including provided SCBA packs (without air).
Inspired by Seattle’s Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, Kathy Blas, the sister of a local fallen firefighter, Gord Paul, brought this event to the attention of the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society and a local cancer charity. Wellspring Calgary provides programs, resources and support to people living with cancer along with their families and caregivers. The event is promoted and hosted by The Calgary Firefighters Benevolent Society, whose purpose is to provide assistance to firefighters and their families when they experience health related issues.
The connection these organizations share is that a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job is cancer. Those who live with cancer are heroes to their families and friends, living out each day with courage and hope. Firefighters also provide courage and hope; they are our everyday heroes. The event is fully endorsed and supported by the Calgary Fire Department.
In order to particpate in this event, you must be at least 18 years old on event day. You must be an active or retired firefighter.
About Wellspring Calgary
Wellspring Calgary is a warm and welcoming community that provides a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs so anyone living with cancer and the people who care about them can improve the quality of their lives.
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It brings countless life-altering moments and events for the people who receive the diagnosis and for those who love them. People with cancer are compelled to find a new ‘normal,’ before, during and after treatment. Priorities shift, relationships change, life is … different.
Wellspring Calgary addresses the body-mind-spirit matters that affect and impact people living with cancer those diagnosed, their families and caregivers. Wellspring Calgary helps all those impacted by cancer to address the fear, isolation, disruption and practical problems cancer brings to their lives. Programs and resources are offered free of charge and without referral so no one has to face cancer alone.
Thanks to our sponsors and supporter without whom this event could not happen!