Cancer survivor rappels down 14 stories to raise awareness, funds for cancer

Published: Jul. 24, 2022 at 3:46 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Community members, including a local cancer survivor, rappelled 14 stories off a Madison hotel Sunday afternoon all in the name of cancer.

Cathy Hannes was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, acinar cell carcinoma, in 2019. Ever since her diagnosis, Hannes has dedicated herself to helping others who have been diagnosed with cancer.

During the “Over the Edge” fundraising event, hosted by Gilda’s Club Madison, Hannes and others affected by cancer rappelled off Hilton Madison Monona Terrace to raise awareness and funds for those battling the disease.

Hannes says although she doesn’t consider herself the adventurous type, she promised herself last year that she would rappel off the building for a second year in a row if she were still alive and well... and she is!

“I am just so proud to be here and to do it. This is not me. I am not physically adventure-seeker, it comes from the heart and wanting to help people and to be motivated to do that it feels amazing and I’m so proud of everybody who pitches in,” Hannes said.

You can still donate to the fundraiser here.

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