Going over the edge for Make-A-Wish, a reporter’s eye view

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Rappelling off the W Hotel on a sunny spring afternoon over Austin was one small step for a thrill-seeking television reporter; one giant leap for making sick kids’ wishes and dreams come true.photo 1

For the reporter clad in an industrial safety harness and helmet, it was a glorious 478-foot journey down a thin safety line to the familiarity of the concrete below. Pausing to take in the view, it became sort of a 15-minute aerial tour of Capital City’s downtown.

Down, down, down. - (Joe Ellis, KXAN)
Down, down, down. – (Joe Ellis, KXAN)

At one point, a pair of hotel guests stepped out on their 12th floor balcony to wave and snap pictures of the man snaking his way down the metal sheeting of the W.

For 90 Central Texas children the Austin-area Make-A-Wish Foundation raises money for each year, it can be a life-enhancing chance for some memories.

Four year-old Liam Steen of Austin is one of them. He’s excited to be going to Disney World in January – once he’s farther along in his treatment for leukemia.

Central Texas Make-A-Wish recipients Bill and Kristin Steen cradle a shy Liam, 4 who is battling leukemia. They're all going to Disney World in January.
Central Texas Make-A-Wish recipients Bill and Kristin Steen cradle a shy Liam, 4 who is battling leukemia. They’re all going to Disney World in January.

His mom Kristin told KXAN Friday afternoon she’s happy the charity can help with what she said has been a tough year for Liam who was diagnosed last fall with the life-threatening illness.

“We’re fortunate we qualified for a wish,” she said mentioning nothing of the stress and strain a diagnosis of cancer can have on an entire family. Mickey Mouse awaits, fortunately.

June 14-15, Make-A-Wish media liaison Lauren Bremner said 200 sponsored ‘Edgers’ are to take part in the annual event. Organizers hope to surpass the 2014 goal of $450,000.

Extra footage of Maxwell’s descent.

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