|CHICAGO (AP)--U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk climbed up 41 stories of the Willis Tower as part of a fundraiser for the rehabilitation hospital that treated him following his 2012 stroke.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Kirk made the ascent Sunday, besting his previous year's effort of 37 stories.
The 54 year old Republican from Highland Park says he hopes his effort inspires other stroke victims. He says: "If I can do it, then anybody can do it."
Kirk was one of 3,000 participants in the SkyRise event at Chicago's 103-story Willis Tower. The race up the skyscraper raises money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where Kirk underwent intensive physical therapy.
The senator still sometimes uses a wheelchair. He used Sunday's climb to promote equal access to high-quality rehabilitation for stroke patients.