Cancer survivors will be among those rappelling down a prominent Denver skyscraper to raise funds for the Cancer League of Colorado.

Some rappel in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer; others rappel to celebrate their own victories over the disease. No matter what their motivation, every participant who goes "over the edge" September 10-12 will further cancer research.

The Denver Over the Edge event is hosted by the Cancer League of Colorado. Rappellers will go down the 448-foot, 36-floor skyscraper at 1670 Broadway in Denver.

Participants, including first-time rappellers and accomplished climbers, must raise at least $1,500 in order to rappel in the event, although the Cancer League of Colorado is allowing participants to raise funds through the end of this year. More than $125,000 had been raised, as of September 3. The rappellers will be joined on the ropes by local celebrities—Denver Broncos Mascot Miles and Colorado Avalanche Mascot Bernie.

While many fundraising events are having to be held virtually this year due to COVID-19, the Over the Edge event is an ideal in-person event because participants are naturally socially distanced on their rappelling ropes.

Among the participants is Cindy Eastman, who prefers to be called a cancer warrior after battling and beating breast cancer three years ago. Rappelling will fulfill one of her 50 before 50 bucket list goals before she turns 50 next year.

Last year's youngest participant, Xander Sorenson, is participating in the event again this year in honor of family and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. "I wanted to involve myself with OTE not only to fundraise everything I possibly could for those who need my help most, but to rappel in honor of them as well," he said.

Several teams are also participating in the event, including the CU Cancer Center. James DeGregori, deputy director of the CU Cancer Center, said he is participating with his team in the event to help those who are facing a cancer diagnosis and battle. "I’m not doing this for fun (I’m terrified of building edges; seriously), but those with cancer don’t have a choice," he said. "So, I’m facing my fears to raise money to help them with their battle."


CU Cancer Center Deputy Director James DeGregori, PhD, has been participating in the Over the Edge event for the past two years. Photo courtesy University of Colorado Cancer Center. 

Cancer League of Colorado does not employ paid staff members and does not maintain physical office space. More than 400 people make up an all-volunteer staff for the League. One-hundred percent of all donations go directly to cancer research and cancer patient services in Colorado.

The League said it has donated more than $16 million to cancer research and services since 1985.

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