Many people feel they would go to extremes for a very important cause. Well, would you ever consider rappelling 365 ft. down the The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in the name of brain cancer research? Eighty-five "edgers" will be doing just that in order to show the exceptional challenge that brain cancer brings families at the Over the Edge for Brain Cancer event on Oct. 16 and 17.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is the tallest building on the waterfront in San Diego and thus, draws quite a crowd when participants decide to partake in the significant rappel. In recent years, the event has completely sold out, raising a collective $200,000 between each edger.
With such an intense experience comes a powerful call to attention. The goal is to garner awareness for brain cancer, which is the leading cause of solid tumor cancer deaths among adolescents and children.
On Oct. 16, day one of the two-day event, V.I.P. participants will rappel, including: Dr. Bob Carter, the Chief of Neurosurgery at UCSD; Dr. Piccioni, the Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at UCSD School of Medicine; John Schafer, General Manager of the Grand Hyatt; Vincent and Heather Andreucecetti, who are committed to research after Heather's diagnosis and survival of the disease; Bryce Newman, a 15-year-old honor student and athlete diagnosed with brain cancer; Jeff Light, the editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune; Jeff Zevely, a sports and weather reporter with CBS8 in San Diego and more.
Day two will allow for the additional partakers to rappel, until all 85 edgers have completed the brave act. Each person participating will have raised at least $1, 500 individually to put towards brain cancer research.
The event is free for specatators. If you'd like to sign up as an edger or learn more about Over the Edge, visit otesandiego.org