On Sunday morning, firefighters from around the world were in Seattle for the 25th Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Wearing full gear, firefighters from 26 states and seven countries tackled 69 flights of stairs at the Columbia Center tower.

"It was hard," said firefighter Jon Hernandez of Kirkland. "Every year it's hard but just like I think everybody in here will tell you it's easier than having cancer so we'll all do it until we're sick and fall down."

Andrew Drobeck of Missoula, Mont. took first place with a time of 10:43. It's the 5th year in a row that the 34-year-old Drobeck has won the event. Michelle Croft of Oregon won the women's division with a time of 15:28. Croft also won in 2015.

In 2015, the event featured 1,900 firefighters from over 330 different departments. they raised more than $2 million to help fight blood cancers.