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Local firefighters climbing for cancer research

Local firefighters climbing for cancer research

CREATED Feb 24, 2012

Reporter: Kimberly Romo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Some Tucson-area firefighters will be on the Stairmaster for 8-hours straight today. It's all to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. About 20 firefighters from departments all over Southern Arizona make up "Team Tucson" - a group that is hard at work training for a stair climb they'll do in Seattle next month.
The reason they're doing this is two-fold.  They're taking the opportunity to physically train for what they'll face when they climb more than 1,300 stairs in the Columbia Center Tower, but they're also hoping to raise $1,000 at today's event for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  Tucson Firefighter Adrian Fernandez says, "Everybody is affected by cancer.  We also have a big cancer here at UMC that has a lot of kids in there.  We try to go by there and spend time with the kids.  It just touches you, and it's an opportunity to help."
Today's "climb-a-thon" is going on from noon until 8:00 pm at the Gold's Gym at 5851 E. Speedway, just east of Craycroft.  There's going to be music, fire engines, and prizes for the public. 
For more information on the event, or information on how to donate, click here.