The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is rallying support through a virtual climbing event.

The fundraiser, dubbed Big Virtual Climb, is set for Saturday. Participants will virtually climb, walk or run the equivalent of 61 stories and 1,762 steps up San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower.

Nebraska participants are climbing in honor of Nick Howe, the official “honored hero” for the local chapter’s fundraising campaign.

Howe, a firefighter from Omaha, has battled lymphoma twice and underwent a series of treatments. He’s now in remission.

Participation in the climbing event is free but donations are encouraged, said Becki Frishman, campaign manager with the Nebraska chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Participants will earn incentives based on how much money they raise. A $100 donation nets a T-shirt and race bib.

To complete the event, participants must either climb 1,762 steps, walk or run 8,810 strides or step up onto a chair 600 times.

Funds raised go back to national research and to helping Nebraskans battling the cancer.

“You’re able to do something good for the community and help people with leukemia and lymphoma who are in need,” Frishman said. “It’s nice to get together virtually and do something as a group.”

To sign up or for more information, visit lls.org/big-climb.

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