1,000 People Climbed World Trade Center Steps, Raising $1M for Tunnel to Towers Foundation


One of the World Trade Center’s 104 floors of stairs was climbed on Sunday by 1,000 people to raise money for first responders. This event was organized by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attack, which caused the World Trade Center to collapse and killed more than 3,000 people.

Conor McGregor, the mixed-martial-arts star who pledged to donate $1,000,000 earlier this month to the foundation, applauded their efforts.

On its website, Tunnel to Towers describes itself as:

Since 9/11, America’s heroes have been supported by us. Gold Star Families and families with young children of fallen first responders receive mortgage-free homes. We also build smart homes for veterans who were severely injured and first responders.

Frank Siller reflects on the first responders who saved so many lives 20 years ago.

Imagine the firefighters that saved those people from these stairwells.

On that day, we lost many heroes but saved over 25,000. We are here to remember them.

Siller’s brother Stephen was lost on that morning as he rescued others. He was on his way home when the attack occurred, Frank remembers, but he turned around, grabbed 60 pounds of equipment, and went to help.

The tower climb first began in 2015 and has occurred every year since. Frank:

To pay tribute to our little brother’s heroism that day, we started the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to help build homes for severely injured first responders as well as Gold Star widows.

Why don’t you be good while doing something?

In honor of Memorial Day, T2T donated thirty homes to families of U.S. military personnel and first responders who were killed in action.

Tunnel To Towers provided 21 Gold Star Families, and nine families with fallen first responders who had prior military service, with a free home or paid off their mortgage on their existing home.

I thank all families who understand the true significance and meaning of Memorial Day and their sacrifices. “We know that no military member serves alone. We’re proud to support the families who have sacrificed so much to make sure we can all enjoy the freedoms America has to offer,” said Frank Siller.

The 30 family members are distributed across 17 states covering the entire nation.

Siller describes the families he helps and his efforts:

After all the bad news, it’s nice to hear something positive. Frank Siller is to be commended for his work with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.