Joan Priestly, a retired grandmother from San Juan Capistrano, CA, participated in Saturday’s inaugural ‘Over the Edge for Autism Speaks’ event in Los Angeles. Joan decided to take part in the rappelling adventure in support of her 12-year old grandson, Liam, who was first diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
Joan had never rappelled before but was excited about the prospect of descending down the side of an eleven story building... attached to a rope. Joan brought her own cheering section of a dozen friends and family, which included her husband Jim, her daughter Renee, her daughter Michelle and her grandson, Liam. The entire crowd started chanting, “Joan, Joan, Joan!” as she descended the side of the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel.
When she landed, she said, “I loved it. It was so much fun. I wasn’t even nervous—until after I was done! I can’t wait to do it again. I have a girlfriend who wants to do it next time, and my son-in-law said he’s ready.”
Joan Priestley & Liam after Rappel