An Ispirational Letter from Duncan Glew


Dear friends,

I hope you’re all having a great spring! As you may remember, I started a stair-climb fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society when I moved to Philadelphia in late 2014. It’s been an enriching and rewarding experience; I’ve learned a ton about cancer research and what it’s like to build an event from the ground up.

I’m happy to report that Big Climb Philly is now in its third year! Our passionate climbers will take to the stairs and summit the brand-new FMC building in downtown Philadelphia on May 19th, 2018. We just officially kicked off this year’s campaign with a stair-climb challenge at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles (a.k.a Super Bowl champions).

But there’s more good news. In years past, you may remember me talking about a groundbreaking new type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy, which effectively trains the immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells. Well, over the summer, the FDA approved a type of immunotherapy for the first time! You can read about it here.

This is big news. March 20th marked the 2-year anniversary of the end of my leukemia treatment, but I’m still dealing with its adverse effects. I was out sick for over three weeks of school during the winter, as my immune system is still recovering and it takes me a long time to get over even a cold. I can’t imagine what kids with even more aggressive forms of cancers have to go through.

Chemotherapy is brutal. In some cases, it can be as dangerous as the cancer itself. We need better, more targeted treatments that aren’t so deadly to patients, and we’re so close to achieving that goal. The fact of the matter is that it takes a lot of money to realize these cures, and charity funding is a big part of that. The LLS has contributed millions of dollars to cutting-edge cancer research — including the immunotherapy that just got approved by the FDA!

But they can’t do it without our help. That’s why I started Big Climb Philly, and why I continue to fundraise for the LLS every year; I know what chemotherapy and cancer are like, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did ever again.

I’d be incredibly grateful for your support in my Big Climb Philly campaign this year, or if you’d like to climb with me and the rest of the Glew clan! You can donate at my personal fundraising page, and sign up to climb at

Your friend,
Duncan Glew
The Inspiration and Founder of the Big Climb


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