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More than 1,500 firefighters from dozens of states participated in Sunday's annual stairclimb at the Columbia Center, the tallest building in Seattle.

Firefighters strapped on firefighting bunker gear and breathing apparatus weighing about 50 pounds and sprint-climbed 69 stories - 1,311 stairs - from the Fifth Avenue lobby to the 73rd floor observation deck of the 76-story skyscraper.

This event raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This year's honoree was Cole Vukich, the 6-year-old son of West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighter Steve Vukich and his wife Brooke. Cole was diagnosed at 2 years old with Biphenotypic Acute Leukemia.

Cole has been in remission for a year-and-a-half but has 7 months of chemotherapy left to go. When he is done he will have been on treatments for 3 years and 10 months.

The top male finisher in the event was Andrew Drobeck of Missoula City Fire, with a time of 10:48. The top female finisher was Georgia Sanz Daniels of Graham Fire & Rescue, who had a time of 14:22.

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