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Dixon, others rappel for a cure to breast cancer

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of people went over the edge on Friday to raise money for a cure to breast cancer.

A number of participants, including WFSB meteorologist Mark Dixon, rappelled 200 feet down 90 State House Square in Hartford Friday afternoon as part of a benefit for Komen Connecticut.

Dixon rappelled down the 14-story building live during Eyewitness News at Noon. 

The Rappel for the Cure, a partnership with Over the Edge, was geared toward the fearless or those looking to overcome their fears, according to Komen CT.

About 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.

“Cancer is a terrible disease and women need all the help they can get to beat it,” rappeller Rich Hayber said.

Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate.

 “Just to know that we are here together and supporting those women we don't know,” breast cancer survivor Susan Lane said. “That's when I get emotional. To know there are so many women out there fighting and fighting different battles and know, we are all in this together.”

Those who raised $1,875 got a photo of themselves rappelling in addition to a GoPro video of the feat. This amounts to 15 free mammograms.

Anyone, who raised $3,000, got the same incentives, but with free parking. This translates into 24 free mammograms.

More information about the event can be found here.

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