On June 1, 2019, more than 45 fearless heroes rappelled 17 stories down the face of the Hyatt House to raise awareness and funds for women and men with breast cancer!
Among the brave participants were Kurt Coleman, Jonathan Stewart and Roman Harper from the NFL; Chubby and two Checkmates from the Charlotte Checkers; breast cancer surgeons and medical professionals, the Judges' Choice Winner of Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for the Pink House, and so many others. And to top that off, nearly a dozen of the brave participants that day were, themselves, breast cancer Survivors, showing in very real terms just how brave and empowered they are!
It was a sight to behold and an event we were fortunate to do. When the organizers of the renowned Over the Edge experience contacted us about being one of just two nonprofits in the Carolinas they were ready to mobilize for, we said, "YES! Let's do this!" The Over the Edge team helped us prepare, then they set up their equipment and experts on the rooftop of the Hyatt House so we could provide this life-changing experience.
Breast cancer Survivor Kristl used the 4-year anniversary of her diagnosis as her reason to participate. She shared, "I thought I would celebrate my clear mammogram by doing something crazy!"
The husband of another breast cancer Survivor--jubilantly hugging his wife after he rappelled in a fuzzy pink suit--shared, "What my wife has faced took so much courage. Going down the side of a building in her honor was small in comparison."
While the experience culminated with each fearless hero suiting up in a harness, clipping the ropes in place, and walking down the side of a 17-story building, it began with their desire to go "over the edge" to help someone with breast cancer. Months prior to the big day, each registered participant sought to raise $1000 or more to support the work we do to strengthen the wellbeing of women and men with breast cancer. Together, they raised just over $40,000.
But just as important is the awareness these fearless heroes raised--not only through their peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, but also from the high profile nature of the event itself. When people start walking down the outside of a building, it draws attention! As a result, more people are now aware of Carolina Breast Friends and the work we do. Ultimately, this means that more people will walk through the doors of the Pink House when they are facing breast cancer.