Hundreds rappel off 32-story building for charity

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DENVER – More than 150 people rappelled off of a 32-story building on 16th Street Mall Friday and Saturday to raise money for the Cancer League of Colorado.

For the fourth year, Denver Over the Edge partnered with the local non-profit organization to give cancer patients, cancer survivors, and all other willing adrenalin junkies a unique and exhilarating opportunity.

Those who rappelled were required to raise a minimum of $1,000 in order to participate. This year, approximately $230,000 was raised – 100-percent of which will go towards funding cancer research and patient care in Colorado.

Many participants were first-time “rappellers” and described an adrenalin-pumping feeling of vertigo.

“The most challenging part of the process is that initial lean back over the edge of the building” said participant Stephen Mideks who rappelled Saturday in honor of a friend who died of cancer.

“Just standing on the edge of a building this tall can be gut-wrenching, but once rappellers get themselves to trust the ropes and fall back, it’s smooth sailing from there and a great ride down enjoying the views!” said one rope technician with Over the Edge.

Cancer League of Colorado is a purely volunteer run organization that has served in Colorado for 43 years and has raised more than $10 million for cancer research and patient care in that time. 

Cancer League of Colorado and Denver Over the Edge offer this exhilarating type of charity on 16th Street Mall every summer. 

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