Spokane firefighters to climb almost 70 floors in weighted gear for the fight against cancer

Spokane firefighters climb stairs for fight against cancer

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane firefighters were raising money at River Park Square on Saturday for the fight to beat cancer. 

In March, those firefighters will climb 69 floors, wearing 60-pound gear, to honor one of their own. 

John Knighten served as a firefighter with Spokane’s Fire Department for almost two decades before losing his battle with cancer. He was just 45.  

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“We’re doing just a little bit to have a spectacle, an event that is fun to take part in and it makes us feel good that we’re raising a lot of money for people who are fighting blood cancers. While we’re suffering just a little bit, they’re trying to fight for their lives,” said Jesse Ayotte, a firefighter.

The firefighters were at River Park Square on Saturday, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

They’re determined to raise $60,000 this year.

Their big fundraising event will be February 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Montvale Event Center. You can learn more here.