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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Climbing 1,311 steps, 9-year-old tirelessly raises money for blood cancer research


April 12, 2023

Courtesy of Chris Buness

Piper Buness looks skyward at the daunting challenge before her on March 26, climbing the 1,311 stairs to the 69th floor of the Columbia Tower in Seattle as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Big Climb fundraising event.

Piper Buness might not be big on words but she's big on making and setting goals.

The 9-year-old fourth grader participated in the Big Climb in Seattle on March 26 to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and her accomplishment had big results.

Chris Buness, Piper's grandmother, has been participating in the firefighter version of the Big Climb in Seattle's Columbia Building off and on since 2011. Firefighters wear their gear to scale the 69 floors two weeks before the Big Climb, which is open to anyone.

"Piper asked me one day last year when I was training for the Firefighter...

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