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SFU lacrosse player Frank Davalos (left) who spent three hours getting makeup applied to look like the Incredible Hulk supported the Easter Seals Drop Zone event Tuesday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
"Hulk smash!" cried Frank Davalos after rappelling 20 storeys from a downtown Vancouver skyscraper on West Hastings Street Tuesday morning.
The Simon Fraser University student, thankfully, didn't smash to the ground during his bid to raise money for Drop Zone, an Easter Seals summer camp fundraiser for kids with disabilities.
Rather, his "smash" bellow honoured the three hours he spent with a make-up artist applying green paint to his body to become a superhero for the day for the cause.
Davalos, who raised about $1,400, said the descent left him with adrenaline pumping through his body.
"Just when you get in the rhythm (of rappelling) and you're ripping down, it's something else," the SFU lacrosse player said, adding he made the mistake of looking over the building's ledge just before he rappelled.
He admits, however, he was most nervous driving downtown in Hulk makeup with all the strange looks from passing motorists.
For Easter Seals ambassador Erin Boe, raising $1,000 for the Drop Zone event and rappelling down the building "means everything" to her.
The Langara student, who has high-functioning autism, watched in awe during years past as other 'superheroes' descended from the building to raise money for the camp she attended each summer. This was the first year the 19-year-old student was old enough to participate and she didn't hesitate to sign up.
"I have been a recipient (of Easter Seals). I know where the money goes and just how much it is needed for these kids."
She added the camp is a place children can forget about their disabilities, and make new friends while doing activities such as swimming and canoeing.
Boe said the closest she had come to rappelling previously was when she donned a harness to climb a rock wall at an Easter Seals camp.
"That's the thing about camp - you can try something that's completely new."
Sun News and 24 hours also participated, as two reporters - clad in heroic orange spandex jumpsuits - descended from the downtown tower along with the 104 other participants.