Shortly before Thanksgiving last year, Edmonds resident Steve Butterfield was diagnosed with Mutiple Myeloma, a difficult and complicated blood cancer. This Sunday, a team of co-workers and friends will be thinking of Butterfield as they run or walk up 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s biggest skyscraper, the Columbia Center.
It’s all part of the Big Climb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Washington/Alaska Chapter, and employees at Taylor Gregory Broadway Architects and CG Engineering — both based in Edmonds — have joined forces to support Butterfield, a Taylor Gregory Broadway employee who is undergoing a new round of treatment starting Monday.
“Steve began chemotherapy in January and due to complications ended up in the hospital for a little over three weeks,” said Heidi Meyer, accounting/finance manager at Taylor Gregory Broadway Architects. Butterfield will begin a new chapter in his fight Monday when he receives the first of two stem cell transplants at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
On Thursday night, Butterfield joined team members at Taki Tiki in downtown Edmonds for a Big Climb kick-off party. Meyer said that the team welcomes additional donations, which can be made via the TGBa+CG Engineering Team Big Climb page.