People go “over the edge” of a downtown Toledo building for a good cause

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) – Normally you’d want to stay firmly planted to the roof of a 16 story building.

Come Friday, more than 80 people will go “over the edge” of the former Toledo Edison building–rappelling close to 180 feet down its side.

The whole point of the nerve-wracking descent is to raise money for the Victory Center.

“It’s fun, it’s scary, but it’s really very cool,” said Executive Director Dianne Barndt of the Victory Center.

The local non-profit provides treatment services to cancer patients free of charge.

“All the money that we raise stays right here in the Toledo area, serving cancer patients—men, women, children—all types of cancer—from anywhere in our region,” said Barndt,

Rob and Amy Hayes know just how helpful the Victory Center can be.

Amy went to the center regularly after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in April of 2016.

“I had high blood pressure and my doctor was treating me for that and it wasn’t responding—to the medication—so she did an MRI and found a tumor,” said Amy Hayes.

Now cancer free, Amy had the tumor and her right kidney removed.

Her husband says support from the center made all the difference in Amy’s recovery.

“The services were a big help for Amy, and it’s just nice to be plugged into something that’s helping so many people,” said Rob Hayes.

Now, to show support for his wife’s battle–and the Victory Center–Rob is set to scale the building come Friday as others watch from below.

“I am very nervous, but I plan on doing it,” said Rob Hayes.

If you’d like to take a chance at rappelling down the side of the Edison building you may be in luck. Victory Center leaders say they’ve got a few spots left for Friday’s “Over the Edge” event.

The cost to rappel is $1,000 per-person and you can pay via cash or check.

For more information on the Victory Center, click on the link in the sidebar of this story.