Later this month individuals will be climbing 72 flights of stairs to honor the first responders helping the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and raise money for charity. Also, the organization hosting the event is seeking more participants of all ages.

June 22, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will return to Atlanta for the third annual GMC Tower Climb hosted by The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Tunnel to Towers Atlanta Tower Climb, one of 15 climbs and nearly 70 5K runs taking place across the country, pays tribute to the first responders and military heroes who risked their lives on 9/11.

Proceeds raised from the stair climb will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home Program, which builds mortgage-free, custom-designed homes for catastrophically injured service members across the country.

Beginning at 8:15 a.m., participants will climb the 72 flights of stairs ending at the hotel’s Sun Dial Restaurant. The climb represents the heroic efforts of those individuals who lost their lives in the stairwells while saving others on 9/11.

The foundation is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died while rescuing others on 9/11. Its mission is to honor the nation’s military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for the U.S. through its various initiatives and programs.

Anyone wishing to climb can register at Registration is $40 and all climbers are required to raise $100. No minimum fundraising is required for military members, first responders or youth registrants 17 and under.


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