My CF Climb Story
I have participated in "Step Up For The Cure" Cystic Fibrosis fund-raising events for many years; most recently with brother- and sister-firefighters in full turnout gear as part of championship Selkirk FD relay teams. That event at the Corning Tower Building can't happen this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Not being able to conduct this annually-successful event as in years past is doubly painful for those dealing with this horrible disease as they are most threatened by this pandemic because of their pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.
I am pleased and proud to participate in the Virtual Tower-Climb organized by the creative minds at Northeast NY CFF in the mannet depicted below. On Saturday, February 20, I will climb my portion of the First ResponderTower relay by going up-and-down a total of 201 steps by repeated trips from our basement to the second floor of our home. [My wife and I decided that doing an outdoor climb of the State Capitol steps in my weighted vest might confuse some folks about my totally apolitical fundraising intentions.]
In short, cystic fibrosis is more dangerous than ever, but adequately funded research is more promising than ever. We lost a dear, dear friend whose beautiful young life ended far too soon from this disease in 2020. I will continue my personal commitment to wiping out CF by donating and seeking donations in support of my climb. I hope you will join me again. Thank you, Bill Collins