Chris has been here at Deco nearly four years, and it finally happened: He’s gone over the edge! It was just a matter of time, right? But it was so much more exhilarating than he would have thought! You know the AutoNation building in Fort Lauderdale? Well, Chris jumped off it! Check it out in tonight’s “Keeping Up with Chris!”
Chris Van Vliet: “Alright, so what do you have us doing here today?”
Kim Pritano CEO/President Gilda’s Club South Florida: “So today you’re going to be rappelling off of the AutoNation building in support of Gilda’s Club.”
Chris Van Vliet: “And how far exactly will we be rappelling?”
Kim Pritano: “This building is 17 stories high.”
Seventeen stories — and all of the proceeds from this event go toward Gilda’s Club of South Florida, named after Gilda Radner from “Saturday Night Live.”
Kim Pritano: “She wanted a place where people would be able to come and not face cancer alone and be able to live a better quality of life.”
Gilda died of ovarian cancer in 1989, but before she passed away, she started Gilda’s Club.
Kim Pritano: “When you think about cancer, going over the edge is not that far of a leap.”
We get geared up.
Chris Van Vliet: “Oh, that is tight! Yeah!”
And then head up!
Chris Van Vliet: “So it says, ‘Danger, do not stand on wall,’ which is OK because we are actually going to go over it.”
Chris Van Vliet: “We put this helmet on so tight that I’m going to have Peyton Manning forehead. I have Peyton Manning forehead, don’t I? Oh yeah, look at that line.”
Chris Van Vliet: “Starting to feel real now that we’re up here.”
A few last safety checks, then..
Chris Van Vliet: “OK! Alright, we’re doing it. Can you hear me breathing heavily? Because I am.”
Chris Van Vliet: “Ahhh! OK, OK.”
Chris Van Vliet: “It is a long way down. Oh, hahaha. OK. Oh, wow.”
*continues to rappel*
Chris Van Vliet: “Almost there. Woo! Hahaha! Yeah!”
*lands back on the ground*
Chris Van Vliet: “Ahh! What an adrenaline rush. I feel like I could jump off a building or something! Oh, wait, I just did that.”
If there’s something you’d like to see me scale, throw, run through, whatever, let me know by sending an email to email@example.com.
FOR MORE INFO:
Over the Edge for Gilda’s Club
119 Rose Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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