One WTC Stair Climb to Raise Money for Wounded Veterans

One World Trade Center towers over Memorial plaza at night. The lights of the skyscraper and surrounding buildings shine against the dark blue twilight sky.
A stair climb at One WTC will honor the first responder victims of the 9/11 attacks. (Photo: Amy Dreher)

On September 11, 2001, FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center with more than 60 pounds of gear. Meanwhile, FDNY Captain Billy Burke was leading firefighters through the North Tower, ultimately staying inside to assist two workers until the tower collapsed.

The actions of Siller and Burke, who were among the 343 firefighters who died that day, represent the courageous efforts of first responders during the attacks. The first-ever stair-climb race at One World Trade Center will honor their memory on May 17, 2015.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Captain Billy Burke Foundation are hosting the event, the Associated Press reported this week. Proceeds will be used to support service members injured in war, help educate children who have lost a parent and build 200 new homes for veterans with disabilities, particularly triple and quadruple amputees.

Participants, limited to 1,000, will race to the 90th floor, climbing 180 flights of stairs in the 104-story building and wearing computerized chips to record their times. An option to participate in a "virtual stair climb" using elevators will also be available.

The entry for all participants is $100, along with a $250 minimum fundraising requirement.

Read more from the Associated Press and register by May 10 here.

By Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate

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