Issaquah father and son take on the Big Climb and each other

March 13, 2012

Bill Ramos (left) and son Max have a friendly wager over who can reach the top of Seattle’s Columbia Center the fastest during the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb on March 25. By Tom Corrigan

Bill Ramos has taken the challenge 22 years in a row.

Max Ramos, 18, has been taking on Columbia Center in downtown Seattle since he was 8.

This year, on March 25, the Issaquah father and the son will once again take part in the Big Climb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event challenges participants to sprint up the 69 floors of the Columbia Center, the tallest building in Seattle. Runners go up 1,311 steps and cover 788 feet.

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April 20, 2010

Local woman’s legacy lives on at the Big Climb

Chantelle Lusebrink Press reporter

Lisa Abrahamsen was endearing, energetic, devoted and inspired.

I had the pleasure of meeting her at functions she’d helped plan at Cascade Ridge Elementary School. From those meetings, I remember her as a truly remarkable woman who always had a great quote and a friendly smile.

Lisa died Feb. 18, at age 42, after fighting non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for two years.

But her legacy is living today, forever woven into the fabric of her children and the community she served.

“My mom was really helpful,” said Lisa’s youngest son, Blake, 8. “When I had a bad day, she kind of just turned it upside down and I’d feel better immediately.” Read more

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March 9, 2009

EFR firefighters step up to fight cancer

Chantelle Lusebrink Press reporter

Winded, Eastside Fire & Rescue Capt. Craig Hooper pealed off his bunker gear and gulped in air on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center in Seattle March 8.

His first thought upon hitting the last of 1,311 stairs?

“Thank God, I’m done,” he said.

It is the fourth year Hooper, who is also the union president for local 2878, has participated in Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The event challenges firefighters to climb 69 of the tower’s floors in full firefighting gear, which can weigh more than 60 pounds.

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