Stair Climb Relay returns to Philadelphia Museum of Art for 5th year

The event raises money for a non-profit organization that helps local cancer patients with rent, food, utilities and other support.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The steps returned to Philadelphia at a 24-hour stair-climbing endurance event held at the Art Museum.

Dubbed #PHL24, the event raises money for the nonprofit Legacy of Hope, which helps local cancer patients with rent, food, utilities, or any other support they need.

“The event I feel is symbolic of the struggle that many cancer patients are going through and pushing as far as they can,” President said & CEO of Legacy of Hope, Michael Rowe.

Every runner has their own goal, but this year two runners are hoping to break a record with their stair climb attempt.

“We’re trying to break the world record for most distance climbed on a step and most climbed a step,” said Kellen Matthews Thompson.

Music, dance and games were also part of the programme.

The runners started at 9 a.m. on Saturday and ended at 9 a.m. on Sunday

This is the 5th year of the event. The goal was $150,000 and just hours after the event started, $125,000 was raised.

“Thousands of dollars will be raised for underserved cancer patients. People are having fun. There’s a lot of division, a lot of fighting — it’s nice because I’m lucky enough to see the best of people come together,” Rowe said. “This embodies the city of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.”

For more information about the fundraiser, visit the Legacy of Hope website.

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