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Richland Firefighter Saves a Life and Climbs to Save More

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Fire departments from around the world will meet here in Washington next week.

They'll be climbing 69 stories for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle and it's all for a good cause.

Richland firefighter and our very own former KNDU sports anchor, Patrick Noland, will be making the climb next week.

The fundraiser benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Noland is dedicated to this cause by doing more than raising money. He's already saved a woman's life from the cancer by donating stem cells.

Noland is passionate about helping others.

Everyday he works to save people in harm's way and in 2008 he saved Lauren McCrary who was dying from acute myeloid leukemia.

He was inspired to become a stem cell donor after his own father survived the disease, by receiving a transplant.

"My dad is still alive because of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the work they do so it's extremely personal for me and for a lot of people in this fight against blood cancer," said Noland.

Noland's strength will help him carry his gear up 69 stories for the stairclimb charity event, but in McCrary's eyes his strength is greater than where his feet can take him.

"She still calls me sometimes her Hercules so it's pretty cool," Noland said.

Noland's father and McCrary will be on his mind as he scales the stairs.

"We're going to climb the stairs at Columbia Tower but really we're doing something far more important," Noland said.

One thousand five-hundred firefighters come from all over the world for the climb and help raise money for the cause.

Noland said each participant and every dollar helps to save a life.

"You get to do it with your brother firefighters and you're all together with a common mission and a common bond. It's the event that's cool but we're really there to raise the money."

Noland is proud of the Richland Fire Department for raising over $17,000 so far this year.

He continues his work to help people battling the disease.

He's even gone to Washington, D.C. twice to advocate for federal funding for the National Marrow Donor Program.

You can donate to the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb here.

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