Next in my Year of Adventure: Rappeling down a high-rise building with Make-A-Wish


I’ll channel Batman and Robin, shown here in a clip from the classic TV show, when I rappel down a 38-story building on Friday.


My self-declared, sometimes idiotic Year of Adventure continues this week, when I rappel down a high-rise building on Friday.

More than 200 people will rappel down the W Austin this weekend to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photo courtesy Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas.

At least that’s the plan.

I had a hard time looking down from the top of a 10-meter diving platform at the University of Texas a few weeks ago, so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about standing at the edge of a 38-story building. Hopefully I’ll be able to channel Batman and Robin (thank you Whitney Milam) and scuttle down without mishap.

Each year, Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas invites people to scuttle over the edge of a downtown building to raise money used to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

This year, Over the Edge Presented by IBC Bank takes place Saturday and Sunday at the W Austin, 200 Lavaca Street. More than 200 people have raised at least $1,500 each for the chance to (possibly) wet their pants with fear. I’m going a day early to write about the experience.

The local chapter has granted more than 4,400 wishes to children in 40 counties since 1984. During the last year, they helped 266 kids get a wish.

So far, this year’s event has raised more than $522,000 – enough to grant wishes to more than 100 kids in central and south Texas. But for every wish granted, at least two other children are being diagnosed who will qualify for the program, according to a press release from Make-A-Wish.

Amanda Osuna rappels down a high-rise during the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Over the Edge event. Photo courtesy Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas,

The top individual fundraiser is board member Tom Lucas, who raised more than $15,000. The top fund raising team is Team General Motors, which has raised more than $49,000. To make a donation, go here.

Know a child with a life-threatening medical condition? A medical professional, parent or guardian (or the child himself) can make a referral to the Make-A-Wish program by calling 1-800-880-9474 or going here

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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