Knowing what families go through when a loved one has cancer motivated Morgan Meyers to take on the Sky Tower’s 1103 steps.
The Mission Bay man says his family has experienced cancer and feels for those who know someone battling the disease.
He raised more than $300 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand in the annual Firefighters Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday .
About 700 firefighters from 184 brigades and stations around the country joined Meyers.
This year 12 firemen, led by the NZ Firefighters Charitable Trust, walked more than 280km in full gear from Waitangi to Auckland ahead of the climb.
Members of the Birkenhead volunteer and Auckland Airport brigades walked the full distance including across the Harbour Bridge.
Meyers made it to the top in 14 minutes 53 seconds – just under his goal of 15 minutes.
Being a firefighter is something Meyers says he always aspired to after a brief stint at age 20.
Now 31, the job allows him to help people in a variety of ways and no two days are the same, he says.
Carrying 25kg of firefighting gear to the top of the tower was a challenge he trained intensely for.
Luckily he had fellow Otara brigade firefighter and last year’s winner Josh Harrison offering him tips.
About 10,000 people in the country are living with blood cancer or related conditions, Leu- kaemia & Blood Cancer NZ says.
Firefighters raised $868,000 for the organisation during the challenge.
Time out: Firefighter Morgan Meyers catches his breath after climbing 1103 steps in the Firefighters Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
Resting up: Firefighters Darryl Jackson, left, and Shane Reily and have a rest after the climb.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click Latest Edition to watch highlights from the 2013 Sky Tower challenge.