I am participating in Over the Edge to support cancer research as well as cancer awareness and prevention. Cancer is a global anguish but I believe that we can conquer it. In my daily life, I am a novelist and creative writing professor at CU-Boulder. I have no experience rappelling, however, as many have expressed, this cause is much greater than any worries or fears we may have about being suspended above Denver. My gratitude to the CU Cancer Center and the Cancer League of Colorado for all of the great work they do and for organizing this team event.