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Taber firefighters participating in 10th annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge this week

Posted on June 5, 2024 by Taber Times

Wellspring Cancer Support Alberta

Firefighters from Taber are heading to Calgary this week to participate in Wellspring Alberta’s 10th annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, taking place at Brookfield Place on June 9.

This remarkable event sees firefighters wearing modified firefighting gear ascend 1,370 steps, spanning 57 stories, all while raising money to help provide free cancer support to Albertans. 

“Year after year, we’re impressed by the dedicated participants who train relentlessly and show up to support Wellspring Alberta. Their commitment and passion are what make this such an amazing event. This year, as we celebrate our monumental 10th anniversary, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We have a lot planned for the participants, ensuring this milestone year is truly unforgettable,” said Natalie Noble, Wellspring Alberta CEO. 

While the stairclimb gives firefighters a chance to hone their fitness and agility to better serve their communities in times of crisis, it also highlights the occupational risks, including heightened cancer exposure, firefighters face in their daily quest to save lives and keep our communities safe. More broadly, the event raises money for cancer support programs in their own backyards, with proceeds benefitting Wellspring Alberta, supporting anyone diagnosed with cancer, their caregivers and their families.

Wellspring Alberta is dedicated to reaching every corner of the province, ensuring that cancer patients and families in rural and regional communities receive the support they need. Since March 2020, our outreach strategy has enabled us to serve members in 137 communities across Alberta, beyond the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. As we continue to expand our reach, funds raised through events like the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge play a crucial role. These funds allow us to extend our services to even more remote areas, providing accessible support online, over the phone, or in-person, bridging the gap for those facing the challenges of cancer in underserved communities. 

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