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Craig McClure was one of more than 50 brave participants who stepped over the edge 278 feet above State and Lake streets on Sept. 8 as part of Skyline Plunge! Chicago. Hosted by Respiratory Health Association, the rappel at the Wit Hotel raised more than $67,000 for the association’s local lung disease research and programs.

 Although Mr. McClure is not personally affected by lung disease, he says he has become more connected to the cause as he spreads news of his third rappel. Whether it is a child who has asthma, a person who has COPD or a co-worker whose father was a double-lung-transplant recipient, McClure realizes his contributions to Respiratory Health Association will help many people in his life. He participated in Skyline Plunge! Chicago for a third time not just for the thrill, but to make a difference in the fight against lung disease.

 “As Chicago’s only urban rappelling adventure, Skyline Plunge! Chicago is a unique event,” said Gina Schwieger, senior director of special events for Respiratory Health Association. Skyline Plunge! will be back in Chicago again on May 5, 2013.