The folks at the Central and South Texas branch of the Make-a-Wish Foundation apparently have an annual fundraiser that features people heading up to the top of the fourth-tallest building in Texas and rappelling down 38 stories for charity. This year, Minnesota Vikings’ safety (and San Antonio native) Andrew Sendejo got in on the fun.
Apparently not content to scale down the side of the building in normal clothing, Sendejo decided to undertake the task while dressed as Raphael. Not the Italian Renaissance painter. . .because that would have been really weird. . .but rather as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle of the same name.
You get to kind of challenge yourself to face something that’s pretty scary, to lean off the edge of a building at 40 stories high, but at the same time, you’re helping someone else out, so it’s like a two-for-one special," Sendejo said. "You’re kind of overcoming something for yourself and helping someone else in need to try to help them overcome something that they’re going through, too.
Sendejo had to raise enough money to have the right to participate in the "Over the Edge" fundraiser. Was he scared? Well. . .yeah.
"The first thing you do is put the balls of your feet on the edge, and your heels are off," Sendejo recalled. "They didn’t tell me if I fell over I would be secure, so I was still holding on. They said you’re good to go, and the first thing you do is lean back so you’re parallel to the ground, and they make you take both your hands off. The scariest thing you can possibly do is be up top with no hands.
Kudos to Andrew Sendejo for doing this for the children near his home town. He’s already talking about getting a team together for next year. Maybe they’ll go as the kids from South Park or something.