Over the Edge Scott halfway

Don’t Fall!

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.

Over the Edge Scott at top
That little tiny dot at the top is Scott so maybe being anxious isn’t too ridiculous.
Over the Edge Scott at near top
My kids were cheering so loud more people were watching them than Scott.
Over the Edge Scott halfway
At this point in his video, Scott says, “I hear you, E!” as his shaking subsides a bit.
Over the Edge Cheering for Scott
Fist of triumph raised!
Over the Edge Scott
Close up of badassery

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.

Over the Edge Family pride
Safe and sound!

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.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

6 thoughts to “Don’t Fall!”

  1. That’s so great. That husband of yours is pretty neat-o. I am VERY SAD we are losing him when we move :'(. (and you, etc). Is there a way that you can rappel without being part of a fundraiser? Because that’s the part that interests me. Falling off tall things.

    1. Moving!! Not allowed. Okay fine, I have no choice, and we’ll all miss you guys, too.
      PS. I’m pretty sure you can pay people to fall off things safely, but I plan on never finding out.

  2. I am so very proud of Scott. Blessings on him and others who fight their fears every day, every minute, and keep on keeping on.

  3. This right here is one of the many reasons why I adore your family.
    Top-notch. Every one of you.

    (And I don’t use nerdy, hyphenated adjectives like “top-notch” for just anyone…

    Go, Scott!
    You rock.

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