My Experience at the Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb

The 6th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb has just happened in Downtown Los Angeles. It is an event that is near and dear to me as I have been a participant and had close friends with cystic fibrosis. Though it has already past, I would still like to share my thoughts about it with you.

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Looks daunting doesn’t it? photo by keepitupdavid.wordpress.com

The stair climb is a fun and challenging climb up 54 flights of stairs to the roof of the Figueroa at Wilshire building. You can either race to the top and compete for a winning time or climb at your own pace. I start out running but I end up walking near the end. I try to challenge myself at my own pace. Once you reach the top there is a Survivors Party on the rooftop helipad with food, Champagne and entertainment. Kids are welcome as well. You can meet people with Cystic Fibrosis and learn more about their lives and struggle. Of course, the real reason we all participate is to help out in the fight against cystic fibrosis. The registration fee and the fundraised all go to help those with Cystic Fibrosis.

Will Houston is one of the reasons I started doing the run. Will is a 17 year old with Cystic Fibrosis. Will’s grandma and mom are good friends of mine. Our families all grew up together.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes constant lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. There is always the looming threat of respiratory failure that haunts the family and the doctors that care for them. Will has lived with this problem all his life. Despite the disease he was on his school’s football team and manages to be very active. Will Houston, every morning before school and before going to bed is on a breathing machine, yet, I always see him smiling. He is an inspiration to me.

CF run family picSo, when I run up those steps and my breathing gets heavy and my lungs start to hurt. I try to
imagine what it is like for Will everyday. It takes me 13 minutes to complete the climb, it will take him a lifetime. I can never truly know what his struggle is but this is one way I can try.

If you are interested in learning more about the effort to help you can check out www.cff.org

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