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Supporting youngest cancer warriors takes new height in 'The Climb'

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Climbing Syracuse's tallest building, State Tower, is about to be part of a premier event created to help Central New York kids fight cancer.

Twenty flights of stairs, 338 steps and 331 feet high -- runners and walkers will take it all on for The Climb to benefit On My Team 16.

"It's like a normal race, but just in a staircase," said Jordan Sheridan, founder of On My Team 16.

Sheridan is confident in participants pledging to run or walk The Climb on Saturday, Nov. 17.

"It goes by so quick," Sheridan shared. "You're just so inspired and moved and I think that will be the one thing that really pushes people through."

Each of the 20 sponsored floors will tell the stories of children fighting cancer -- sending participants to the next level knowing brave kids are fighting for their lives.

Runners and walkers will pay a $30 registration fee and are encouraged to raise funds or create teams.

Participants should expect a big cheering section on Floor 11.

Sheridan says the Onondaga Community College baseball team will be on hand volunteering and cheering on everyone for The Climb.

Cheering on her own brother Jack as he continues his journey overcoming cancer -- Sheridan says On My Team 16's mission is in part a "thank you" to Central New York. 

Jack, a baseball pitcher, was diagnosed with Leukemia during his sophomore year at Christian Brothers Academy. After years of fighting the disease, Jack is cancer-free and also a student-athlete at Le Moyne College. 

"We were given so much when Jack was in the hospital, so it's nice to be able to do in and do the same thing for them," Sheridan said.

Prizes for fastest man and woman to finish The Climb will win prizes along with the top fundraisers.

To register to walk or run The Climb, click here. 


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