Each year approximately 225,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Each year approximately 50,000 of all new cases will be adults under the age of 40. The 5-year survival rate is around 17%. More than half of patients with lung cancer will die within a year of diagnosis.

Jillian’s Dream raises over $136,000 by sending 60 people Over the Edge

Debra_Schrils_studio_10_cohostTAMPA, January 29, 2015 – Jillian’s Dream, a Tampa based non-profit initiative, working with Over the Edge USA raised over $136,000 for lung cancer research in their inaugural rappelling fundraiser! The 2-day event at the Parmenter Realty Partner’s Island Center sent 60 participants down the outside of the 13-story office building on December 12 & 13, 2014.

“We wanted to provide that once in a lifetime experience for our participants,” said Ros Miller, President of Jillian’s Dream. The funds raised go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC), a non-profit organization that awards grants for innovative research.

In memory of Jillian Miller, a non-smoker who lost her battle at age 29, Jillian’s Dream is fighting the stigma associated with lung cancer and raising awareness and critically needed funds for research. “Lung cancer is the least funded, the deadliest, and most misunderstood cancer. With the help of Over the Edge (OTE), we were able to provide a thrilling, empowering, and unforgettable experience,” shared Miller.

Media coverage and participation was incredible. Five on air personalities from media sponsor WTSP descended besides Marketing Directors from newsprint sponsor, The Tampa Bay Times. Additionally, Daredevil Reko Rivera, an American Ninja Warrior contestant, along with Batman, Spiderman, and the Tampa Bay Lightning Thunderbug excited the crowd. Inspiration came from members of VetSports when 6 wounded warriors took their turns as well.