Yakima firefighters "take steps" for blood cancer research

Yakima firefighters "take steps" for blood cancer research

YAKIMA, Wash. - Two Yakima firefighters have climbed 69 flights of stairs to honor retired fire captain, Bob Burton, who died of complications from job-related cancer.

Firefighters Mark Buskas and John Ryan competed in the 2018 Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, held this past Sunday, in downtown Seattle.

According to firefighters, the event raises money to help fight blood cancers and is the world's largest on-air stair climb competition at the Columbia Center.

Each firefighter climbed 1,356 steps of the tallest building in Seattle, in full bunker gear weighing close to 50 pounds.

The two were able to complete this task in 21:01 and 26:44, according to a news release from the Yakima Fire Department.

The release said the Yakima Fire team has raised over $4,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a health agency that researches blood cancers and works to ensure treatment for patients.

Buskas and Ryan are thanking everyone who have donated to this cause.

People can still donate through March 31. To do so, visit this link.

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