Police and Fire Departments will take on the IDS to raise money to battle cystic fibrosis

Approximately 80 folks representing the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments will be among the hundreds of people attempting to climb all 50 floors (1,280 steps) of the IDS Tower Saturday, Feb. 4 as part of the 31st annual IDS Climb for a Cure event which raises money to battle cystic fibrosis.

The Public Safety challenge, now in its seventh year, is a friendly competition between Fire and Police Department teams. The winning team is the team that can make the climb in the shortest amount of time. Although each team can be as large as possible, the winning time is calculated by taking each team’s top three male times and top two female times. The Public Safety challenge begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by a general climb that is open to group or volunteer.   

Each climber is asked to raise the $75 entry fee and at least $50 in pledges. Money raised at the event is used to fund research and support families living with cystic fibrosis. If you’d like to make a pledge to a climber from the City of Minneapolis, contact Michael Kirchen, Police Department, at Michael.kirchen@minneapolismn.gov or Daniel Casper, Fire Department, at Daniel.casper@minneapolismn.gov. 

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, stopping natural enzymes from helping the body absorb food. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have enabled many people with the disease to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.


Published Feb 1, 2012