I am representing my daughter's classmate, Steel, and raising funds and awareness along with my Gensler Austin team for Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas by joining 200 people on June 8th & 9th, 2019, to go Over The Edge - literally! Over The Edge challenges you to face your fears, catch your breath, step up to the edge and rappel from the 32nd story of 600 Congress in the heart of downtown Austin. The first 200 fundraisers to raise a minimum of $1,500 will earn a spot to go Over The Edge.
Please read Steel's story:
Steel was your typical little boy, sweet, silly and energetic, enjoying the summer after 2nd grade at Mills Elementary when he started experiencing debilitating headaches and uncontrollable vomiting. After 2 months of suffering and a new symptom of double vision, his parents Heather and Chad finally convinced his neurologist to run an MRI. The findings confirmed that Steel had a tumor on his brain, but that actually had originated in the skull. Their hearts dropped when they learned that Steel had Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that is very aggressive and would require aggressive treatment. Steel has endured nearly 8 months of chemo and 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments. Needless to say, life has been a roller coaster of emotions, anxiety and stress, while trying to lead a normal life for their 13 year old daughter. So much has happened in the Zellers family over the last 9 months. Steel has had such a great attitude and determination through it all. He has been so brave and taken everything in stride without much complaining. Not to say that there have not been extremely difficult days and weeks.
Heather advises other families going through these challenges, to be grateful and appreciative of the small victories to help you get through the day to day struggles. And take the help where it is offered, as you cannot get through it on your own. She is thankful for the support she has received from her community, family and friends, as well as, Make-A-Wish. Steel’s wish is to travel to the beach and play in the clear blue ocean waves with his family. We are thankful to Steel and his family for sharing their story so that other families can receive support.
More than 550 children in central and south Texas are diagnosed each year with a critical medical condition. Last year, Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas granted 309 wishes for local children. Research shows that a wish can give a child the mental and physical strength needed to fight their illness. You can help Make-A-Wish® reach more of these children and create hope, strength and joy in their lives. Money raised by rappellers goes towards granting wishes like Steel's.
For more information on Over The Edge, be sure to visit: www.AustinOverTheEdge.com