Daring volunteers participate in Skyline Plunge!

September 17, 2009 Volunteers began practicing Thursday for a charity event in October that will have its participants rappel 278 feet down the front of a hotel.

The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) previewed their Skyline Plunge! Chicago fundraiser at theWit Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 17, by having volunteers engage in rappel training. Participants rappelled about one story from the roof to the rooftop patio on the 27th floor to practice for next month's event.

Skyline Plunge! Chicago will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25, from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an estimated 100 participants rappelling 27 floors down the front facade of theWit Hotel.

The fundraiser's goal is to raise $120,000 for fighting lung disease, which affects approximately 1 million people in the Chicago area, according to RHAMC.

Dave Brady, who has been involved with similar fundraisers for lung disease for about 10 years, said he is excited to participate in the event. Brady and his wife, Andrea, participated in the Hustle Up the Hancock fundraiser, where participants climb the stairs of the John Hancock Center, and raised $1,000 each for RHAMC.

"When I heard about the Skyline Plunge I said, 'This is for me,'" Brady said. "I've been climbing up all those stairs all those years, this is nice and easy. I just go down."

Nearly half the spots available for the fundraiser are filled, said Audrey Eisenberg, Senior Director of Development and Administration for RHAMC.

To sign up for the Skyline Plunge! Chicago fundraiser, participants must pay a $150 registration fee and raise a $1,000 minimum. Participants must meet the pledge two weeks before the Oct. 25 event.

For more information on the Skyline! Plunge Chicago fundraiser, visit The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

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