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Itasca Woman goes out on a ledge for lung health

Sandra Hensley, of Itasca, pictured at the edge of the Wit Hotel in Chicago nearly 300 
feet above the ground.
Sandra Hensley, of Itasca, pictured at the edge of the Wit Hotel in Chicago nearly 300 feet above the ground.

CHICAGO – Would you go over the edge to bring awareness to a cause you care about? What if it meant holding onto a rope and lowering yourself down 278 feet on the side of a Chicago building?

Sandra Hensley, of Itasca, did just that on
May 5.

Hensley was one of 67 daredevil participants who were strapped in and then rappelled down 27 floors of the Wit Hotel in Chicago recently during Skyline Plunge! Chicago. The event was sponsored by Respiratory Health Association to raise funds and awareness for local lung disease research and programs.

According to the association, over half of the plunge participants made the long trip down because they have been affected by lung disease. Others were there simply for the thrill of descending down nearly 300 feet as friends and family cheered them on. Plus, what a view!

“Skyline Plunge! Chicago is [the] Respiratory Health Association’s most unique event because it is the city’s only urban rappel,” said Gina Schwieger, Respiratory Health Association’s senior director of special events. “It is truly inspiring to witness the enthusiasm of our rappellers, so many of whom are participating to support loved ones who have been affected by lung diseases such as asthma ... and lung cancer.”

Want to try it out yourself? The Respiratory Health Association will hold another plunge event on Sept. 8.

Just remember: Take it slow and don’t look down.

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