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More than 2,000 People Climb to Top of Chicago's Sears Tower

Sears Tower raises close to $400,000 for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research


CHICAGO, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Go Vertical Chicago, the annual charitable stair climb to the top of the Sears Tower, today raised close to $400,000 for young scientists funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation ( Now in its seventh year, the climb to the top of one of the world's tallest buildings attracted 2,000 people, who ascended 2,109 steps to the 103rd floor, home of the famous Sears Tower Skydeck.

Climbers from as far away as Germany and Italy were joined by Chicago locals, their families and supporters. Terry Purcell, 37, won the male and overall prize, with a time of 13:55. Cindy Harris, 39, won the female division for the seventh straight year in a time 15:45. The record time is 13:26 minutes, set in 2005.

One hundred percent of the donations from the stair climb go to young cancer researchers funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

"It's both inspirational and humbling to see people of all ages and abilities climbing for cancer research," said Lorraine Egan, executive director, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. "We're very grateful for the support of all our participants and sponsors and thank them for helping to make this year's Go Vertical Chicago a fantastic event."

Many participants are cancer survivors, while others climbed for friends and loved ones. The youngest climber was 7 years old and the oldest 80 years old.

Randy Stancik, vice president, U.S. Equities Asset Management, Sears Tower's leasing and management agent, said: "We're proud to have hosted the climb to the top of one of the world's most iconic buildings. The Sears Tower is the standard for tall buildings, and this Sunday, we're happy to have raised money for cancer research and help thousands of athletes set their own new standards for personal and team achievements."

Since the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 1946, it has invested more than $200 million and funded more than 3,000 of the nation's brightest young scientists. For more information please visit:

About Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation invests exclusively in top young scientists, recruiting the best new minds into cancer research and seeding their bold ideas. The Foundation focuses on emerging leaders in science who have great potential to achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. 100% of all direct donations are used to support scientific research. Damon Runyon's administrative and fundraising costs are paid from its Broadway Tickets Service and endowment.

About Sears Tower

Sears Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, offering more than 3.8 million square feet of office and retail space. Located in Chicago's West Loop at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is easily accessible from the commuter rail stations, highways and all forms of public transportation. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and an integral part of Chicago's culture. Originally opened in September 1973, it is now a multi-tenant office building, home to more than 100 different companies, including prominent financial services firms, law firms and insurance companies. Many Sears Tower offices boast spectacular vistas of Chicago, with views that can reach nearly 50 miles on a clear day. Sears Tower also boasts tremendous infrastructure, which includes enormous telecommunications capacity and unsurpassed electrical capacity and reliability. The Sears Tower Skydeck on the 103rd floor attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year.

About U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC

U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC, is a leading full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Chicago. The company serves as a strategic real estate advisor to clients throughout the United States, providing development, program management, build-to-suit and construction oversight services; asset management and leasing; tenant representation, consulting and advisory services; and financial and investment services. For more information, visit


Katie Farrer



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