IDS stair-climb is Saturday

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February 7, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Climbers will ascend the IDS Center's 50 floors on Saturday, Feb. 12, for the 24th annual "Climb for a Cure" - a fundraising benefit for cystic fibrosis research.

Vertical virtuosos will climb 1,280 steps to the top of Downtown's tallest skyscraper; at the top, they will be treated to a special celebration at Windows on Minnesota hosted by KDWB's Morning Show.

The climb starts 9 a.m., and self-timed races begin at 8:30 a.m. at the IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St. Climbers will meet near the Nicollet Mall entrance.

Fund-raisers will be treated to breakfast and lunch provided by area businesses.

In 2004, climbers raised $70,000 for cystic fibrosis treatments and research, according to organizers. Climbers are required to have a minimum of $50 in pledges to register.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and young adults across the country, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The disease causes the body to produce thick secretions that clog the airways - a problem that can lead to life-threatening lung infections.

For more information or to register for the event, call 651-631-3290 or e-mail sbarsness@cff.org.