Colorado governor rappels down high-rise for charity

9NEWS WEB EXTRA. 09/08/16.

DENVER - DENVER (AP) - Colorado's governor rappelled down a high-rise apartment building for charity.

Gov. John Hickenlooper descended down the 32-floor building in downtown Denver Thursday afternoon to raise awareness for the Cancer League of Colorado.

The Democratic governor had never rappelled down a building before. Hickenlooper started on the roof and descended 380 feet unassisted onto the sidewalk below without incident. 

It wasn't Hickenlooper's first risky stunt for a cause. Hickenlooper parachuted from an airplane in 2005 to raise awareness for a state ballot measure related to taxes. Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver at the time.

The Over The Edge fundraiser has been held since 2009 and draws notables like local television reporters and sports team mascots.

Hickenlooper had raised $1,000 by midday Thursday for the event.

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