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Shirt pulled open to reveal Drop Zone logoRappelling down the 27-storey Caesars Windsor will make UWindsor staffer Mike Bezaire a superhero to children with physical disabilities.

UWindsor worker rises to Drop Zone challenge

By day, Mike Bezaire is a mild-mannered porter with UWindsor Food Services. Few would suspect he leads a double life as a superhero. So it may surprise his co-workers to learn that Bezaire plans to jump off the roof of Caesars Windsor next month to benefit children with physical disabilities.

He will take part in Windsor’s inaugural Easter Seals Drop Zone, raising a minimum of $1,500 in pledges to rappel down the 27-storey building.

As a long-time volunteer with the Amherstburg Optimist Club, Bezaire has worked to help local families in financial distress during the holidays. He calls this youth-geared project a natural fit.

“Seeing an event where I could reach out and help more families and their children I instantly rose to the challenge,” he says. “Every donation makes a difference in these children’s lives.”

And an experienced tree trimmer, he is used to heights.

“The highest I have gone up though is about 100 feet,” he says. “I’ll be honest; there are some butterflies in my stomach at rappelling 270 feet.”

The event is set for September 17, and organizers say everyday people will become superheroes by challenging themselves in this way. Funds raised will provide financial assistance to families of kids with physical disabilities for expensive mobility equipment, communication devices and the opportunity to attend a fully-accessible summer camp.

Bezaire is already more than halfway to his fundraising target. Donations may be made online; phone Bezaire at 519-819-3132 for more information.