Washougal Volunteer Firefighter Jacob “Jake” Grindy plans to be among the more than 1,500 individuals who will climb 1,311 steps in Seattle.
Grindy will be joined by Washougal volunteers Tyler McMahon and Dustin Bross and paid firefighter Ron Nickles, as well as East County Fire & Rescue Firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians John Prasch and Kelby Kiedrowski, in the “Scott Firefighter Stair Climb” Sunday, March 11.
The event, which will take place in the Columbia Center, raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“It’s a really good cause and a fun way to make money for the society,” Grindy said. “I’ve been affected, as many people have, with cancer in my family. I think this is a good way to give back.”
This will be Grindy’s fourth year of participation.
His grandfather Truman Abernathy, of Washougal, died of lung cancer last year.
“Going through something like that really makes you want to go the extra mile to do what you can, to help out with causes and benefits like this,” Grindy said.