This past weekend, one-thousand climbers ascended One World Trade Center for the seventh annual Tower Climb, collectively raising $1 million to support first responders in need. Organized by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T), the symbolic event started at the base of the Freedom Tower and concluded 104 stories and 22-hundred steps higher.
Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of T2T, reflected on the significance of the climb and its association with 9/11, saying, "You think of the stories from that day, of firefighters in those stairwells saving people. It was the greatest rescue effort ever in America." Reaching the top the fastest of all the competitors was Malaysian athlete Soh Wai Ching.
For Siller, this event holds a deep personal significance: his brother Stephen, an FDNY hero, gave his life during the rescue efforts on 9/11. The event and the T2T Foundation were born out of a desire to honor Stephen and countless other heroes who gave their lives on 9/11. Since its inception, T2T has raised over $500-million to support U.S. heroes and their families.
Source: NY POST