On Sunday, January 26, 2014, The 17th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids took place at the Aon Center. Benefits from the event went to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. All proceeds supported the fundraising for K.I.D.S.S. for Kids. A turn out of more than 3,000 climbers came out to climb 80 floors/1,643 steps to support this wonderful cause.
Over 15 elite climbers across the country participated. Violet Kacergis, served as the 2014 Patient Champion and kicked off the climbing event. Her team raised more than $20,000 for the event. Other teams in attendance represented first responders, schools and Chicago-area corporations.
The event had quite a celebratory finish line in the Mid-America Club. Each climber was greeted with cheers and water after their final step. Activities included a live band, massage therapists, snacks, and a yoga station. I had the pleasure of speaking to climber Cathy Eckel who said, “It was such a great experience! It is so awesome to see all of the different ages and fitness levels who wanted to climb the stairs.”
All steppers who participated at this event deserve a pat on the back for climbing up one of Chicago’s tallest buildings, as well as their tremendous efforts made to raise money in order to better the lives of others.