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Going Above, Beyond and Over the Edge with OTE San Diego

Over the Edge for Brain Cancer

Over the Edge for Brain Cancer was held on Friday, October 31 and November 1, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, and this year's event was the most memorable yet.


Brain Cancer, an often misunderstood disease that has 120 different types of tumors, is the second leading cause of cancer among children and young adults. A mind-boggling 600,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed are currently living with a brain tumor, with another 66,000 people expected to receive a new diagnosis of this deadly disease this year.


Over the Edge for Brain Cancer was hosted by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, in partnership with Over the Edge. Event partners were The BraveCort Foundation, The Beer for Brains Foundation, 3,000 Miles to a Cure, The Tug McGraw Foundation, Brain Bash, and Over the Edge.




The Presenting Sponsor was the Rick Oehme Foundation. Other sponsors included: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego; Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center; The Case Foundation; Heritage Senior Care, Inc.; Araiza; Gennentech; U-T San Diego; UC San Diego Health System; ENCORE Event Technologies; and J Public Relations.




Participants in the event started off by soliciting pledges from friends, family, co-workers and others, with aims of reaching the $1500 minimum pledge commitment. For 82 individuals who were able to meet or exceed the minimum pledge amount, the fun began there.


Participants became 'edgers', and rappelled down the 365-foot wall of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the tallest waterfront building on the west coast, with supporters on the ground rooting them on.


No experience was necessary, as edgers received full training on proper rappelling techniques. In fact, since their inception in 2003, Over the Edge has not had one single incident or accident at any one of their events. The organization is compliant with OSHA Federal and State Laws and OSHA state Fall Protection Standards. They also adhere to IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) policies, procedures and practices, so safety is of the highest priority in this event.




This year's event was a great success, with many thanks going to the 1,264 donors. Funds raised in Sponsorship totaled $63,578. Registration raised $2,175. Participant Fundraising was terrific this year, bringing in $151,155, with the Raffle raising $1,355, and the Silent Auction raising another $500. The event raised $218,843 up from $157,934 in 2013. Proceeds will fully fund a San Diego-based brain cancer research project for a cure for brain cancer.




In appreciation for their commitment and participation, edgers received:


*An easy-to-use, customizable Personal Fundraising Page.

*An Over the Edge mentor to answer any questions, and help with fundraising ideas.

*An official "I went over the edge" photo.

*A video of their complete 365-foot rappel.

*A complimentary 1-car parking pass on Event Day at the Manchester Grand Hyatt garage.

*Entrance for 5 guests into the VIP Viewing Area at the $1500 minimum level, with an additional VIP guest pass for every $100 raised over that level.

*An Over the Edge for Brain Cancer t-shirt and gift bag.

*The opportunity to win other fundraising prizes and incentives, like their own viewing suite right along the descent wall.


The fun wasn't just limited to individual fundraisers. Team fundraisers were also held, as well as a "Toss the Boss" segment of the event.




A special part of this event is when Superhero Edgers make their appearance. The "heroes", mostly children and young adults that are patients and survivors, were on hand, and were celebrated for their bravery. A special few edgers were willing to step up and become "superheroes", assigned to 1 or more "heroes", and went over the edge in their honor.


To help celebrate this wonderful event, food, music, and vendors were on hand Event Day, much to the delight of participants, sponsors, volunteers and spectators.


San Diego-based cancer research projects are recipients of the terrific giving spirit of the San Diego community. Over the Edge for Brain Cancer has become a memorable, heart-warming event in the city, year after year. It will continue to go on, raising money for a terrific cause while helping enlighten people as to what devastation brain cancer has in people's lives, and what we can do to help fight this crippling disease.

 You can join in the fun in 2015 on October 17th. Watch the OTE site for registration news and updates. Related: otesandiego.orgsandiego.com/things-to-do