Aftermarket trio rappel down building for charity

Chris and Nicole Reamsnyder at 'Over the Edge' charity eventChris and Nicole Reamsnyder rappel down a building at the 'Over the Edge' charity event for The Victory Center, a cancer patient support charity.On Sept. 8, 2022, Chris Reamsnyder, Vice President of Heavy Duty Sales for Dorman Products, his wife Nicole and Marc Karon, President of Total Truck Parts engaged in a charity event for the Victory Center in Toledo Ohio. 

The event, called “Over the Edge”, involves rappelling down a 16-story building.  The purpose of the event is to collect sponsorships to fund this charity. The event was very successful and the organization received a record number of sponsorships from the event totaling just under $250,000.

The mission of the Victory Center is to provide hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them. Since 1996 they have been reaching out to cancer patients and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, providing love, support, compassion, hope and laughter. In 2018 alone, they provided nearly 11,000 services to those in the community going through the journey of a lifetime. They are completely privately funded.

Nicole Reamsnyder, a previous rappeller and wife of Chris, is a cancer survivor with an amazing and courageous story. This year, to recognize her dedication and to support the charity. Chris and Marc decided to join her on the rappel, the trio say.

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"When you leave the edge of the building and look down 16 stories below, you realize you are on a challenge. The activity is very strenuous and scary, but the cause is worth it,” says Karon. "The rappel team is your support and the only think keeping you from falling is the rope."

Nicole shared that "from the moment I heard about Over the Edge, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Last year, it was more symbolic in the sense of taking back control of my life after all the surgeries and appointments I had endured. This year, I wanted to not only recognize all the survivors and those currently undergoing treatment but all the Victory Center provides for patients, their families and survivors. Every community needs a place like The Victory Center."

Chris adds "although donations to support cancer research and new facilities are imperative, in many regards, they are an investment in ‘future’ cancer patients. Through Nicole’s journey, I have realized how helpful non-medical support can be for a cancer patient and it can be provided right now [vs. an investment for the future]. 

He adds, "Personally, we were blessed with unlimited support from friends and family, but still found the Victory Center an invaluable resource to help escape the mental and physical pain/discomfort that cancer can cause.  I’ll keep going ‘Over the Edge’ if we can continue to raise money in support of Victory Center mission."

The trio also want to thank all of the sponsors of this event from the independent aftermarket industry. The outpouring of support was fantastic and the three say they hope to be back to do it again next year.

Marc Karon rappels down a building at the 'Over the Edge' charity event for The Victory Center, a cancer patient support charity.Marc Karon rappels down a building at the 'Over the Edge' charity event for The Victory Center, a cancer patient support charity.

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