On Saturday, Scott went over the edge. That’s not a metaphor. Every year Special Olympics in Virginia hosts a fundraiser where volunteers rappel down the side of the SunTrust building in downtown Richmond. Scott, who is afraid of heights, raised $1500 this year for Over the Edge in honor of his patients and kids who conquer their fears every day.
I was very proud and pretty shocked at how nervous I was for him. Logically, I knew the ropes were safe and he would be fine, but I also thought: How traumatizing would it be for the kids to see him plummet to his death? I didn’t really breath or talk much until he showed up at the top of the building and ended up on the sidewalk twelve minutes later in a nice orderly fashion.
When Scott got to the bottom, he was asked by the MC, “How was it?”
While most people say GREAT! or I can’t wait to do it again!, Scott replied, “Terrifying.”
Sometimes walking through a fear doesn’t make it go away. It makes us realize we have the courage to do something despite being afraid.
And 12 hours later, Scott left for Haiti. He’s seeing 450+ children and their families with a small group of doctors and a dentist in an area so remote, it’s not on the map. I’m 75% sure he’s in central Haiti. At least that’s where I’ll start looking if something goes wrong.
PS. Thanks to all of our friends and family who donated. There is also a video of Scott going down that I uploaded to YouTube since it was too big for my site to host. He curses twice (which is why we won’t be playing it at the kids’ show and tells, why I had to explain what “shit” means, and why I had to add that we can’t teach this new information to our friends). You can watch the video below or on YouTube.