Hundreds race up One World Trade Center stairs to raise money for Tunnels to Towers 9/11 charity 

Nearly 1,000 people climbed to the top of One World Trade Center in the second annual Tunnels to Towers Climb, in honor of those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, reported Daniel Lewisreuven Blau in the New York Daily News.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was founded by the family of Siller a firefighter who was killed in the attacks. Tunnel to Towers has raised more than $50 million for many causes, including helping wounded soldiers and Hurricane Sandy victims. The stair climb was also organized by friends and family members of FDNY Captain William F. “Billy” Burke, who was trying to save a paraplegic in Tower 1 when the tower collapsed.

When participants completed the climb, they could write on a giant poster  tributes to the people they knew who were killed in the attacks.

“My captain was Billy Burke,” firefighter John Shotter said as he penned his remembrance. “He taught me at the Fire Academy, he was my captain.”

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