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Photoshopped image of Kim repelling down a buildingIt’s happening. After years of being on the edge, I’m finally going over. No, despite being very close during this renovation process, Scott is not directly the reason I’m going over the edge. Ok, so he might send me over the metaphorical edge before the fire station is complete, but this is something different. And good. Also, scary.

On a day where I’m sure I can plead diminished capacity, I agreed to participate in the Over the Edge fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. In this completely novel concept, intrepid volunteers agree to raise a minimum of $1,000 in exchange for the “pleasure” of rappelling down the 11 stories of the Alexander House in Hagerstown. That’s right, I’m dropping 115 feet off the outside of a perfectly good building that isn’t on fire.


Alexander house with a map of the repelling start and finish
The “course” courtesy of Melissa Fountain’s social media.

For those of you who know me, I’m not an adrenaline junkie or someone who’s always looking for the next rush. What I am though, is willing to go completely outside my comfort zone if the cause is right. By necessity, I was a kid of 2 working parents trying to make ends meet so I would come home after school, look after my brother, and complete the dinner prep my mom had started. Being a former latch key kid, I understand the types of trouble one can get into between the hours of 3 and 6 pm (or so).

I don’t know if there was a local Boys and Girls Club around me when I was growing up or if I would have taken advantage of it if there were. What I do know is the programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County help their young people grow as students, leaders, and generally productive members of society. They help with homework, give kids options where they may have had none, and open doors to possibilities some of these children don’t know exist. They change lives.

So, to support their vital mission, I’m taking the plunge and I’m asking for help. Would you please make a fully tax-deductible donation to support my insanity and a good cause? Just use this link that will take you to the Team Vertical Avengers page and find my name. You’re also welcome to come out on April 6 and watch the spectacle. I’ve heard the first 100 people there will get a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Oh, and costumes will be involved. You didn’t think I’d be on an Avengers team and not dress appropriately, did you? It will be a good time and worth the price of admission. Thanks in advance!

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