Big D Drop: The Shatterproof Rappel Challenge Comes To Reunion Tower in Dallas

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DALLAS — How far would you go for a cause? Well for these folks the answer was all the way down Reunion Tower!

Yeah, the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel took the leap today in downtown Dallas, as participants went over the edge and over 500 feet down the Dallas Landmark!

“It was amazing, it was awesome to go down Reunion Tower. 50 stories was absolutely amazing," said Meredith Foster.

“The trip down was awesome,” Shelbi Mullins, another of the rappellers said. “Getting over the edge was so hard, I couldn’t have done it without [rappelling guides] Columbus and Ben for sure!”

But there’s a lot more than an adrenaline thrill behind all this.

“My older son Brian struggled with addiction for almost ten years and tragically passed away in October 2011,” Gary Mendell said. “After he passed away in the months that followed, I really struggled with and was haunted by how do we prevent this from happening to another family.”

That led Mendell to found Shatterproof, to raise awareness for the problem of drug addiction, and events like these raise about 250,000 dollars each.

“This is a disease that’s ravaging our families right now. It’s the number one preventable disease in the country… and we need to treat it that way as a disease without shame and stigma.”

So here’s to those brave souls that were able to stifle that fear, take the leap over the edge, and do it all to help out someone else.