|Bob before run|
This is my brother Bob, before running up 24 flights of stairs to raise money for the American Lung Association.
He wanted a way to honor the memories of our Dad and Grandmother who both died from lung diseases.
|Bob and I before his run|
Bob searched online for an event he could
participate in and found Climb Springfield
was happening in 5 days and did it.
He raised money, made a T-shirt with pics
of Dad and Grandma, which made me cry
and laugh simultaneously.
|Bob and Janet before|
In 5 days he raised $530, all of which his company
Pratt and Whitney will match, so Bob really raised
Our group of 3, lead by Bob shared the stories and
tears and made the promise to raise more next year
with a much larger team.
|Bob with timekeeper volunteer|
I have loads of pictures of my dear brother, talking
with and listening to volunteers, firefighters, other
race participants. He shares the stories very well.
|And he's off in a flash|
Janet and I had no idea how long it would take for
Bob to reach the 24th floor, so we headed up to
cheer him on to 6th floor but he'd already raced
past that one...
So we jumped into the elevator to meet him at the top
and as we climbed, I got a text 5:12! Bob was done that
fast. So great when we saw him and hugged our congratulations.
|immediately after his run|
Elated at his time and accomplishment.
|feeling lungs burn now|
|another fun volunteer|
Back to the ground floor, Bob happily gets his
|interviewed by Channel 22|
Janet got him an interview
and Bobby really rocked it!
Click on caption of this picture to see what aired.
|firefighters gearing up|
|geared up and waiting their turn|
These firemen carry 60 to 70 pounds of gear up the 24 flights. I couldn't do that and was feeling really happy that they can and DO!
Last year, one of them did it in 5 minutes 30 seconds, with ALL that gear!
I plan to WALK next year.
Bob's personal fundraising page is here. He asked me to share this with you in hopes to raise more money for the American Lung Association!
I am very proud of my brother, he turned his sadness and grief into action and raised money for a cause which is very near and dear to our family's hearts.
That's why Bob's my hero!