Abbotsford – On Sunday, February 24, members of Abbotsford’s Kornicki Family will be participating for the 6th time in the BC Lung Association’s annual Climb the Wall event – a stair climb fundraiser held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in support of the 1 in 5 British Columbians who struggle with lung conditions.
“Together the Kornicki family has raised well over $50,000 in support of vital lung health research, education and patient support programs over the past five years, said Chris Lam, CEO of the BC Lung Association. “We’re extraordinarily grateful for their support.”
Mom, Nancy, is a teacher, and Dad, Cory, works for the RCMP and together with their children Megan and Morgan the family makes giving back to the community a priority.
“My parents have always emphasized the importance of making time to help and think of others – and how rewarding it can be. We truly enjoy training for the event, and participating together,” said Megan 17, who serves as the family’s Climb Team Captain.
Last year organizers welcomed Climbers ranging in age from 7 to 80 years old. This year 300+ Climbers are anticipated – including the Kornicki family (aka ‘Team Slowly but Surely’) and 100+ firefighters who show up annually, tackling the 48-storey climb in 50lbs+ worth of protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus.
“For the past five years we’ve signed up for both of the BC Lung Association’s annual events. One is a two-day bicycle trek in September, and the other is a morning stair climb challenge. They’re both a lot of fun – but I would say the stair climb event is easier than cycling 200km,” she added. “And doing Climb the Wall is even more fun now that my entire family take part, including my eight-year-old brother, Morgan, and my mom and dad.”
“People of all fitness levels, and all ages take part in our annual stair climb event. Some participants climb solo, others as part of a family or team. While each Climber’s motivation may differ, ultimately we’re all united in an effort to improve the lives of British Columbians affected by lung disease,” continued Lam. “For many affected by lung disease climbing just one flight of stairs is difficult.”
To participate in Climb the Wall, participants pay a $25 registration fee and commit to fundraising a minimum of $125 in donations. In return, every Climber a limited edition 2019 Climb the Wall t-shirt, brunch, good vibes and front row seats to some unique Sunday morning fun!