Volunteer: Architect’s 53-flight stair climb fights cancers

Brooke Jacobson, left, and a teammate get ready for a 53-flight cancer-fighting climb up Capella Towers in Minneapolis. Both lost relatives to cancer. Their team ranked seventh in fundraising, bringing in $3,758.

For the past nine years, Brooke Jacobson, an architect and associate principal with CNH Architects, has participated in “The Big Climb MPLS,” a community stair-climbing event to raise money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This physical challenge at Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis offers climbs of 53 or 105 flights of stairs. Jacobson originally participated to support a friend who had lost two relatives to leukemia and lymphoma.

In 2015, her Aunt Linnie passed away after a short battle with leukemia and several years of struggling with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). That’s when her participation and fundraising for the event changed.

“The Big Climb took on a whole new meaning for me,” said Jacobson. “Now, every year I climb in honor of my Aunt Linnie.”

She raised just over $1,500 from friends, family and companies that supported her 53-flight climb.

Jacobson is part of “The Fast, The Slow & The Cure” team, which planned to raise $4,000. With the climb on February 16, it brought in $3,758 and was ranked 7th in fundraising. This continued the group’s top 10 ranking from 2018.

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