The Brayton Purcell Stompers do it again - Climbing Stairs in Support of the American Lung Association
The Brayton Purcell Stompers want to thank all that supported us on our climb to the top of the 555 California Street building on Saturday, March 27th for the American Lung Association's 2010 Fight for Air Climb. We had 16 climbers, and we rocked it to the top (I mean, climbed!) and couldn't have done it without the support of our donors. In total, we raised over $2,200--thank you!
A near perfect day in San Francisco, a crowd full of energy and enthusiasm (and jumbled nerves)--all were ready to face the 1,197 steps in the stairwell ahead of us. Our team was set to climb at 10 a.m., and was quickly shuffled through a maze of hallways to the starting step. With tracking chips in place, iPods cranked and eager feet, we attacked the 52-floor challenge.
All was good until the 4th or 5th floor--that's when the lungs start questioning what we were doing. That's also when some of us figured we can't skip every other step and needed to pace ourselves--which some did (and others equipped with iron lungs continued to seemingly skip every other step). This year, my 12-year-old son decided to climb with us and I thought for sure I would have to stop at every rest stop with him so he could catch his breath. Was I wrong! He made it up the 52 flights in 12 minutes leaving me in the dust--and enjoyed asking me "What took you so long?" when I reached the top after him.
Our team finished strong, rewarded with the beautiful view offered by the top floor of the 555 California building, live music, healthy snacks and cold drinks. Thank you again for all your support. I hope after reading about my adventure and seeing the picture of our enthusiastic group, you'll consider helping us out next year by donating to the cause or joining our team. GO STOMPERS!!