If you enjoy burning calories on the "StairMaster" at the gym, why not become the master of the stairs at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Big Climb MPLS" fundraiser on Saturday?
The Big Climb is one of the largest fundraisers for the Minnesota chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Climbers can choose from climbing 48 flights of stairs or 95 flights of stairs of the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. The Big Climb is the tallest vertical challenge in the Twin Cities.
"Right now, we have raised about $100,000 but we're aiming for $150,000," said Angie Palomo, event specialist with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Minnesota.
The Big Climb is happening Saturday, April 5th at the Capella Towers, located on 225 South Sixth Street in downtown Minneapolis.
"The money stays in Minnesota. We fund research at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic largely," said Palomo. Proceeds also help local patients who are fighting leukemia or lymphoma.
"Families come out, people who have battled the disease come out, and co-workers come out to help this cause" said Palomo.
Twin Cities-based a cappella group, "Six Appeal," will climb and perform on Saturday.
Trey Jones, a tenor in the musical group, is climbing in memory of his mother, who lost her battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"It's going to be a great experience to be around people who have shared the same loss, or better yet, have gone through it, survived and are climbing up the stairs," said Jones.
Registration fees are $50 for 48 floors and $70 for 95 floors.
There is a minimum fundraising of $50, which is in addition to the registration fee. Participants will have access to free parking.
You can register online at the Big Climb page.