ABOUT BIG D CLIMB

What?
The Big D Climb is the biggest stair climb in North Texas. Participants race up 70 stories of stairs at Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas to raise money for blood cancer research. More than 2,400 climbers raced in January 2016 and helped to raise $310,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. January 28, 2017 will mark the event's 9th year and our goal is to sell out the climb and raise more than $350,000. Can we do it? Absolutely! The Big D Climb has the best climbers with the biggest hearts. See you at the top!

Who?
You! If you don't want to try it alone, form a team and challenge your friends, family and co-workers to race you to the top of Bank of America Plaza. Simply click on the link "create a team" on the registration page to climb for a cure together. Racers must be at least 7 years old to participate. For safety reason, children are not able to be carried.

When?

Saturday, January 28, 2017. It's a great way to kick off your New Year's Resolution to lose weight, challenge yourself, try new things, get more involved, help a worthy charity… you name it!

Where?

Bank of America Plaza in downtown Dallas - 901 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.

Why?

To find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Funds raised through the Big D Climb go directly to support research, patient aid, patient services, education, and advocacy. Help us achieve our goal of $350,000!

Meet Julia Brown
2017 Big D Climb Honored Hero, ALL Survivor

JuliaBrownHeadshotIn 2013, Julia was a healthy, happy, beautiful 8 year old girl full of spunk and sass who loved fashion, playing with her friends, cheerleading, volleyball, and swimming, among other activities. She had never had an illness more than a typical cold, sore throat, or stomach bug. After Thanksgiving 2013, Julia started running a low-grade fever and was very fatigued. After a blood test at her doctor's office on December 5th, her doctor was immediatelysuspicious of a blood infection or cancer. They were sent to Children's Medical Center in Dallas right away and Julia was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on December 8, 2013.  Immediately following diagnosis, Julia underwent surgery to place a medi-port so she could begin chemotherapy. A few hours after surgery, she went into septic shock and spent three days in the ICU, followed by another 23 days inpatient in the hospital. For the next two years and four months, she underwent chemotherapy, steroids, blood transfusions, spinal taps, cranial radiation, 70 days in the hospital, fevers, ER visits, and countless pokes and pills.  Throughout her intense treatment, Julia remained positive,upbeat and her personal motto was born... "Love your life because you only live it once"! She finished her treatment on April 4, 2016 and is thankfully in remission!

Julia and her family are so grateful for the research that has been funded by LLS to advance the treatment of leukemia and other blood cancers.  Julia loves being an advocate for leukemia awareness and has held neighborhood lemonade stands benefitting LLS. "TEAM JULIA" has participated in the Big D Climb for the past three years and have also walked in "Light The Night". Her friends organized the fundraiser "Jump for Julia, Leap for Lainey" in 2014 and Julia was thrilled to donate the proceeds to LLS. She also served as"Girl of the Year" in 2015 for the LLS Man/Woman of the Year Campaign. She loves helping others and for the past two years has organized "Julia's Joy Drive", a holiday toy drive benefitting the patients on the Oncology floor at Children's Medical Center.

Julia is currently in the 6th grade at Legacy Christian Academy and lives in Frisco with her parents, her 13 year-old brother, Kyle, and her new puppy, Bella.  She is a straight A student and has recently returned to tumbling with plans to try out for school cheerleader later this year. She plays volleyball and enjoys art, acting, theatre, and singing.  She loves panda bears and all things fashionable and sparkling... Just like her sparkling smile and personality. 

Dedication Request

Climbing in honor or in memory of someone? Be sure to request a dedication sign. Click HERE to fill out a request for a dedication sign. If your request is received by January 16, 2017, a poster of the person you are honoring or remembering will be placed in the stairwells on event day.

Questions?

Contact Emile Blaine at Emile.Blaine@lls.org or 972.996.5932.


CLIMB DETAILS

Packet Pick Up

When: Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th during store hours (10am to 7pm)
Where: Luke's Locker - Mockingbird Location (3046 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75205)
Why: Get ready for climb day early by picking up your packet and event t-shirt

Climb Day
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

7:00am - Climb registration opens
7:30am - Opening Ceremony begins
7:45am - Elite Climbers start in Stairwell I (Nationally Ranked in Stair Climbing by USA Stair Climbing Association)
7:45am - First Responders Challenge begins in Stairwell II
8:30am - Corral 1 begins
9:30am - Day of event registration closes
11:30am - Approximate last climber start time

New in 2017!  Climbers will be loaded by corral. Climbers will be given a corral arrival time.  Each corral will be then led inside the building to their assigned stairwell.

Immediately Following the Climb After Party

Continue to celebrate your accomplishment at BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA immediately following the climb! Meet your family and friends and get your finish time, Big D Climb T-shirt and goody bag. There will also be plenty of food, fun, and festivities!

FAQs

How many steps are there in the 70 stories?
There are approximately 1,540 steps in the 70 story climb of Bank of America Plaza.

Where can I park?
Parking is available for a $5 fee at the Texas Club Garage located across the corner from Bank of America Plaza on Main Street and N. Lamar Street. Once you park, please take the elevator to the GROUND level and enter from the outside.
*ENTRANCE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED THROUGH THE BASEMENT LEVEL OF THE BUILDING.

What's my climb time?
Expect assigned climb times to be posted on the Big D Climb Website on Thursday, January 26th. Climbers start their climb every ten seconds. Climb times are assigned to each climber prior to climb day. No worries if you are climbing with a team--we will assign you to climb one right after the other.

When should I arrive?
You should arrive 20 minutes before your start time. If you still need to pick up your packet that day or have someone that needs to register, please allow for additional time.

What if I missed Packet Pick Up?
You will need to pick up your packet ON CLIMB DAY at the "Already Registered" table outside of Bank of America Plaza.
Please allow extra time for this when planning your commute. You may pick up your t-shirt and goody bag at the Post Climb Celebration in the plaza.

What if someone wants to register and climb with me the day of?
We would love to have them join! The registration fee will be $160 (cash or credit card accepted). They will need to visit the "New Registration" table outside of the Bank of America Plaza. They must register between 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Please allow extra time for new registration. They will be able to climb with you.

What can/should I bring with me?
Just yourself! For security purposes, climbers will not be allowed to bring anything into the building on climb day (exception: cell phone and ear buds to listen to music). Prohibited items include bags, weapons, coolers, strollers, etc. There will be Gear Check located outside in the plaza where items can be checked prior to climbing. Please plan accordingly.

Water will be provided to climbers throughout the climb. Water and fruit will be provided to climbers on the 70th floor.

What if I want to pass the person climbing in front of me?
It's like driving a car… pass on the left and climb on the right.

Will there be restrooms?
Restroom use will not be allowed inside of Bank of America Plaza. There will be portable toilets located in the outdoor plaza at the After Party.

Where can my family and friends cheer me on?
For security purposes, no spectators will be allowed inside of Bank of America Plaza. Your family and friends are more than welcome to join you after your climb at the After Party located in the outdoor plaza. There will be food, vendors, and entertainment to enjoy!