Fort Smith goes over the edge to cure cancer


Every one of us has battled cancer, lost someone to cancer, or knows someone who’s courageously fighting the disease now.

The daily battle can be difficult. The loss can be overwhelming. The victories are certainly sweet.

Perhaps the most effective painkiller is community, and that’s what the Reynolds Cancer Support House hopes to inspire at the 25th-anniversary celebration of Survivors’ Challenge on October 15.

Through a series of events that include a Grand Prix 10k run, a 5k run and walk and a lively celebration walk, a street festival, and an outrageously fun opportunity to rappel the First National Bank building in downtown Fort Smith, we can all celebrate victories and remember loved ones lost. We will know we’re making an impact on the lives of people in our community who are impacted by cancer.

Susan Steffens, executive director of the Reynolds Cancer Support House, wanted to mark the 25th anniversary of the Survivors Challenge with a signature event that embraces what Fort Smith is becoming.

Susan’s research led her to Over the Edge, an international company that has sparked more than $50 million in fundraising for nonprofits around the globe.

Careful planning and coordination with the Fort Smith Police Department, Fort Smith Fire Department, Fort Smith EMS, and many other organizations brought about Over the Edge Fort Smith, a 108-foot adventure down one of Fort Smith’s most iconic structures.

Susan says, “I am confident this event will become an annual event,” she says. The list of people interested in rappelling down the 8-story building is growing fast. Among those in the lineup to rappel are, Sam Sicard, First National Bank’s President, Representative Womack, Dawson Meadows, and local physicians from Mercy, Sparks, and Cooper Clinic, high school principals, and several members of the Cancer Support Foundation’s Board of Directors. Many others are eager to brave the descent for the cause. With only 90 rappel spots open, the schedule is filling up quickly. This much anticipated ‘Survivors’ Weekend’ proves that our community cares about fighting cancer, a disease that affects one in four people right here in Fort Smith and across the nation. The community is invited to come watch the brave ‘Edgers’ take the scenic route down the face of the building.”

A few slots remain for participating in Over the Edge. Register here.

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