Pacific Sothebyâ€™s Realty Agents Raise Over $30,000 to Support Brain Cancer ResearchÂ
On Saturday November 5, 2016, Pacific Sothebyâ€™s International Realtyâ€™s Team of â€œEdgersâ€ rappelled down one of the tallest buildings in Downtown San Diego to support funding for brain cancer research. Over the Edge for Brain Cancer is a unique and exciting opportunity in which participants called â€œedgersâ€ rappel 365 feet down the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Edgers must raise a minimum of $1500 to participate. All event proceeds benefit San Diego-based brain cancer research projects.
Pacific Sothebyâ€™s Realtyâ€™s team, which was spearheaded by Karen Hickman, veteran Repeller and Realtor in the companyâ€™s La Jolla office. Hickman was inspired to raise awareness and money for brain cancer research after being personally touched by the devastating disease. â€œIâ€™ve had a few friends pass away suddenly after being diagnosed and my nieceâ€™s best friend at age nine succumbed to brain cancer,â€Â says Hickman. â€œThere is only a 36% survival rate and now itâ€™s the leading cancer in children.â€
When Hickman told Steve Games, Pacific Sothebyâ€™s Realtyâ€™s Chairman about the fundraising event, he immediately jumped on board and together they assembled a team of agents willing to go â€˜over the edgeâ€™ and raise the funds needed to participate. The team, consisting of Randy Lawrence, Nicole Minabe, Chris Bedgood, Erica Derby, Brittany Hahn, Jennifer Capozzi, and Steveâ€™s 17-year-old daughter Sarah Games, raised over $32,000 in just under six weeks.
Â â€œRappelling 365 feet down a building is a bit over the top, and yes, itâ€™s scary, but it doesnâ€™t compare to the fear these patients and their families face each and every day,â€ adds Hickman. Â
Now in its 4th year, the event has raised over $700,000 in total for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABCÂ².) Proceeds from the event directly support San Diego-based brain cancer research projects. This yearâ€™s event raised $162,000 with a total of 70 rappelers participating. The Pacific Sothebyâ€™s Realty team is already excited about next yearâ€™s event and their goal of significantly increasing the companyâ€™s participation.
â€œBrain cancer is one of the most challenging and underfunded diseases,â€ said Max Wallace, CEO of ABCÂ². â€œSometimes it takes extreme measures to make extreme impact. Supporters of Over the Edge for Brain Cancer are real life superheroes with courage and determination to help save the lives of brain cancer patients.â€
ABCÂ² is focused on speeding the discovery of a cure for brain cancer. By applying an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector, ABCÂ² closes the current gaps in funding in order to catalyze research and rapidly bring new therapies to patients. To learn more, visitÂ www.abc2.org.