Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk climbs Willis Tower stairs

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk climbs Willis Tower stairs

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, right, emerges from the 103rd floor stairwell at Chicago's Willis Tower, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, during the RIC SkyRise Chicago event, a fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where Kirk is a patient. On the left is Joanne Smith, M.D., President and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Behind Kirk is Michael Klonowski, a physical therapist who is assisting Kirk with his recovery from a stroke. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 5:13 AM

CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was met with hugs and cheers as he reached a stair-climbing event’s finish line on the 103rd floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower.

It was his first public appearance since suffering a major stroke in January. The “SkyRise Chicago” charity fundraiser Sunday was hosted by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he receives treatment.

Kirk started walking from the 66th floor. He wore a brace on his left leg and gripped a handrail as he scaled the stairs.

His progress was monitored by a physical therapist, who said Kirk did not need any assistance.

The 53-year-old Republican senator has been releasing videos on his progress, including footage of him working with therapists and climbing stairs.

He continues to undergo rehabilitation.

 

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