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Sally Kalksma of Pine Beach, N.J.and her daughter Dana completed the Empire State Building Run Up this past Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

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For Sally this is routine having completed this run up and numerous others many times. What made it different was this year she brought along her daughter Dana. The two trained together and had a friendly competition to see who could make it to the top first.

It is a grueling climb of 1,576 steps to the observation deck on the 86th floor. Sally and Dana were participating as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team which had 183 participants in the event that draws participants from all over the world.

In the end youth won out and Dana finished in a time of 18:30 and beat her mom by a good two minutes. Dana was also the 4th woman overall and first in her age group – truly an impressive performance.

Sally couldn’t be happier though remarking about the event,” Once again, my children have made me very proud, and brought great joy to my life! I was pleased to be 8th woman overall and take 2nd in my age group. However everyone who did this race is a winner. Not just for climbing the hardest tower race in the world, but for raising $800,000 for the MMRF. With your help Dana and I crushed our goal and raised $11,720 for cancer research!”

Sally and her daughter are already looking forward to next year. People can still support the cause by donating here.



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