Yesterday I joined my friends Mike and Shelly Miksis for the 31st running of the Big Climb Seattle. The general gist: thousands of folks walk/run Columbia Center’s stairs — from floors 4 to 73, to be exact — to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was my second Big Climb — because it sells out so fast, I last did it in 2013. This outing was particularly special because Mike Miksis is currently battling lymphoma — quite successfully I might add.
My 6’5″ neighbor appears to be doing better in his battle with cancer than I’m doing with mine with Father Time: my 12:12 time was 40 seconds slower than my 2013 time. That was T328/2754 overall; T288/1380 males; and 25/146 males age 45-49. Not bad, but trending in the wrong direction. All that really matters, though, is that Mike is trending in the right direction. Next year we climb not for Mike the battler but Mike the survivor.