200 people go 'Over the Edge' for Make-a-Wish fundraising event
The Make-a-Wish Foundation held their 4th annual "Over the Edge" fundraiser this weekend at the W Hotel. The hotel is 38 floors high, that's 478 feet. This weekend 200 people rappelled down the side of the hotel to help the foundation pay for the wishes of terminally ill children. Cory Davis' son Jaxon was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was just three years old. "He was a brave little guy though. All the stuff he did, he was always doing it with a smile. You would've never guessed he was sick until the last few months," said Cory.
Jaxon never made it to his sixth birthday, but because of Make-a-Wish Foundation his wish to travel to Disney World and meet Peter Pan came true.
"You're so focused on the medical situation it's nice that people do this to give you a relief, a little bit of an escape for a while, and have a great time at Disney or wherever you go. And it was just a special time for us and a lot of good memories," said Cory
Sunday it was Cory's turn to be brave as he got ready to go over the edge to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation.
"We tried to go over at 11:25 because that's when he passed away. It was November 25, 2012, so that's a special moment for us and we just thought it'd be cool if we could go over in honor of him at that time," said Cory.
Cory rappelled down the W hotel with a picture of Jaxon on his shoe to help him keep calm.
"Our kids are very brave; they're courageous when they're dealing with their battle against their life-threatening medical condition. And well this in no way compares to what they're going through, some of our rappellers are terrified of heights or they're doing this in honor of somebody," said Lauren Bremer, communications director for the Central Texas Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"I think for them really channeling your inner strength and doing something to be brave, to repel down 478 feet, it just sort of makes sense with what our mission is," said Bremer.
Cory's family watched and waited for him from the street. Once he had both his feet back on the ground, the Davis' thanked Jaxon for helping Cory make it down safely. The financial goal Make-a-Wish Foundation set for the "Over the Edge" event was $300,000. They said this was their biggest fundraising event to date in Central Texas. They exceeded their goal and raised $450,000. Make-a-Wish said they will be able to grant 90 wishes with that money. There is also a non-profit that was started in Jaxon Davis' name. You can find Jaxon's frog foundation by visiting www.jaxonsfrogfoundation.com