Photos: Big D Climb

Big D Climb

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An estimated 1,500 people signed up to climb the 52-story Fountain Place tower in downtown Dallas Saturday to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.



Posted on January 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 7:31 PM

DALLAS — Saturday was about the easiest day of the year for the elevators at the Fountain Place skyscraper in downtown Dallas.

As many as 1,500 people showed up at the building, but all of them decided to hoof it up 52 flights — that’s 1,040 steps.

And every step of the way, many of the climbers remembered who inspired them to do it.

"Everybody out there... my dad, my grandma... family members that have died of cancer,” said Karin Recer.

In the vertical run known as the Big D Climb, sponsored participants helped raise an expected $200,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For many, the challenge represented a great cause — and a great workout.

“It was a lot tougher than I thought,” participant Jae Shin admitted.

But climber Candice O’Connor put it all in perspective.

“The people going through cancer have such a harder struggle than this," she said. "This is nothing compared to what they are going through."

This year's fundraising effort was expected to be the biggest in the history of the Big D Climb.