Big Climb Philly Led by PC 9th Grader
Posted 12/02/2015 03:17PM

First-Ever Big Climb Philly Coming on April 23

A hush settled over the Meeting Room as ninth grader Duncan Glew talked about his battle with leukemia. Accustomed to Wednesday afternoon announcements about bake sales and pep rallies, students adjusted immediately to the seriousness of his message.

Duncan used a polished PowerPoint to explain the disease and current therapies. He talked about his treatment regimen – he and his family, including seventh grade brother Finn, moved here from Seattle last year so that Duncan could receive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

And he presented an opportunity to help.

Penn Charter will have a team in the first-ever Big Climb Philly, a fund-raising stair climb up the Comcast building, Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper. Proceeds will support research in the battle against blood cancers.

Duncan knows all about the Big Climb. He was a star volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Seattle and, when the family moved to Philadelphia, he was determined to establish a Big Climb here.

He worked behind-the-scenes to help establish the event and has put in place a student committee to energize Penn Charter’s Big Climb Philly team. (Stella Singer, Class of 2019, designed the logo, below!)

It’s only 1,092 steps!

Details and signup below — note early-bird registration fee and opportunity to support even if your knees aren't up to the climb.



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Registration Fee: $23 (until Dec. 31); Fundraising minimum $109.20

Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

For more info, visit

Donate but don't climb: Follow the link and instructions and select either the “Donate Now” button or the “Donate to a Team Member” button. “Donate now” distributes the amount donated equally amongst all the members of the PC team. “Donate to a team member” gives the money to a specific team member.


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A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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