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More than 2,000 People Climb to Top of Chicago's Sears Tower
Date:11/9/2008

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

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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 (http://www.damonrunyon.org). 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 se
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