On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) hosted SkyRise Chicago at Willis Tower for the tenth consecutive year. Approximately 2,000 participants — including current and former patients and their families, friends, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab staff, researchers and clinical teams — climbed 105 floors.

Among this year’s participants, wearing number 494,  was Northlake’s Brody Roybal, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist in sled hockey (2014 and 2018) and a Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Blackhawks player. Brody was born without femurs in his legs and took the Willis Tower by hand — climbing 2,149 stairs using his upper body, arms and hands. Brody managed to climb all 103 flights in 71 minutes. Before the event he said, “I like to prove to myself that I can do things that able-bodied people do.  I think this is going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” Proceeds from fund raising go to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.

After succeeding, Brody said he just wanted to eat and take a long nap.

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