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Boise firefighter honors best friend with motto: ‘Climb. Conquer. Cure.’

Rich Brown is one of about 30 Boise firefighters who compete in Seattle once a year, at their own expense, in a painful, challenging race: climbing the tallest building in Seattle — in full firefighter gear — to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He’s galvanized to action by watching his father-in-law survive a blood cancer and by the death of his best friend in 2011 to a blood cancer. “I don’t really care about my time,” Rich says. “I care that I raise money.”

Pets

Meridian Pet of the Week: Gus

Gus, 12, is a Lab-hound mix. Gus’ foster mom, Lisa, says he’s had a tough life. He was rescued from a shelter a couple of years ago by an elderly couple; each passed away in the last two months, leaving him without a family. He is quiet and gentle. Gus gets around slowly, with a limp from arthritis in his shoulder and damage to a hip. His backend is a little weak and can slide out from under him. He would do best in a home with a lot of carpeting to give him stable footing, and no stairs. Gus is house-trained, doesn’t jump, bark, chew on things or chase cats. Gus would require a home where he can get the extra care an older dog with his issues requires.

Pets

Canyon County Pet of the Week: Roxy

Roxy, 14, is a female border collie mix. She is medium size, weighing 42 pounds. Although she is 14, she is active and energetic. Roxy’s owner surrendered her due to their life changes, which left them unable to care for her. Roxy is affectionate, likes to play fetch, is good with cats, knows “sit” and is leash-trained. She likes treats and loves her belly rubbed. Roxy is not house-trained, so would need someone willing to take the time and effort to help her learn. She needs a warm dry kennel in the winter and plenty of cool shade on hot days. Roxy does have some separation anxiety when left alone for too long, so the ideal new owners might be those who are home a lot of the time.

Videos

Boise firefighters raise money to fight blood cancer

Boise firefighter Rich Brown is a passionate fundraiser for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. It's a timed competition between firefighters, but for Brown, the more important competition is fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Boise firefighters raise money to fight blood cancer 1:45

Boise firefighters raise money to fight blood cancer

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Transforming a covered patio to an all-season sunroom

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Kirsten Grove: Let your home decor evolve

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Boise stylist Kirsten Grove talks about adding details to your decor