100-plus go 'Over the Edge' for Special Olympic event

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by Laura Hettiger / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 10:40 AM

Checking an item off a bucket list and raising $1,000 for charity typically do not go hand-in-hand. But that’s exactly what will happen Friday as 100 people rappel down the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

Special Olympics sponsors the annual “Over the Edge” event as a fundraiser to prove no one can let fear keep them from accomplishing great things.

“As many years as Special Olympics has done things for me, I wanted to give back to them,” Brock Guseman said. “This is my way of giving back.”

It’s the second time the Special Olympic athlete has done the nearly 300-foot rappel. Guseman said raising the $1,000 was a breeze, all he had to do was ask friends and family members. One of Guseman’s close friends and biggest supporters, St. Louis Police Captain James Moran, will be right by his side as he navigates the 19-story hotel.

“We’re just trying to let everybody know those with developmental disabilities that we have a program for them that will really bring joy to their lives,” Moran said.

All of the money raised during the event will stay in St. Louis. The estimated $500,000 will help pay for the hundreds of Special Olympic activities held every year in Missouri.

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