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Shatterproof Pittsburgh 2015
Good evening everyone! Earlier today, I had the opportunity to volunteer for an event known as The Shatterproof Challenge. This event gave participants the opportunity to rappel from the roof of the Westin Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Pittsburgh. These participants rappelled down 26 stories to help raise money and awareness about addiction. As a volunteer, I ran equipment between stations, cheered on the participants, and of course, snagged several photos. I was also very fortunate to get access to the roof, where I was able to capture some wonderful photos of our beautiful city. The Westin Hotel and Conference Center is the third rooftop that I've been able to shoot from in Pittsburgh. Other rooftops include The K&L Gates Building and the U.S. Steel Building. Each one offers a very unique and different perspective of the city, and I am so very grateful for being given the opportunity to capture images from these venues.
Shatterproof partners with a group known as Over The Edge to help coordinate the actual rappelling portion of the event. According to Shatterproof's website, "In the United States alone, alcohol and other drugs claim more than 135,000 lives every year -- 350 people every day, 15 every hour." During the event, I was fortunate enough to speak with several of the participants after they had rappelled down the side of the building. There were people from Erie, Harrisburg, and even Cleveland who made the trek to Pittsburgh to participate in the event. Some participated because it was a good cause. Some participated because they had friends or family who had struggled, or were struggling, with addiction. Some participated because they overcame addiction themselves. I was amazed by the personal stories that people had shared. If you're interested in learning more about Shatterproof's cause, I would encourage you to check out their web site at www.shatterproof.org.
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