Members of the Lacombe Fire Department are preparing to climb Calgary’s tallest tower, Brookfield Place, to raise funds for individuals and their families living with cancer.   

The Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge highlights the risk first responders take when responding to calls, while also supporting Wellspring Alberta programs and services for firefighters and citizens living with cancer. 

Lacombe firefighter, Tammy Brigley has completed the challenge six times, and this year, she is climbing in her father's memory.   

“He was always my biggest supporter when I was running the stairs,” she said.  

Brigley explained that although the climb is challenging, it’s nothing compared to a single day of a cancer patient's life.   

“I've seen way too many people suffer from cancer. If I can help out and push myself to the limit, then it’s a good thing.”  

To prepare for the 57-story or 1,370-step climb, Brigley is training in the gym, and running stairs equivalent to the tower in her gear.  

“I like challenging myself. It's a challenge for my body, mentally and physically,” Brigley said. “You have to just forget everything when you're in there and just go, you can't let it beat you.”  

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