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Falling for a good cause

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Folks are suiting up and taking the plunge, all for a good cause.

“The Special Olympics allows people to get integrated into the community and I just want to be a part of that,” said one participant.

The Over the Edge program is one of the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Greater Memphis', generating upwards of 80-thousand dollars for this event alone.

This year, those 'not so faint of heart' raised money for the opportunity to scale one of the tallest buildings in Memphis, the iBank building, overlooking the Mississippi River.

That cash helps athletes like Chad, who is also taking the plunge.

“If you do come down you've got to be careful on the edge,” said Chad.

“The Special Olympics gives my son Andy the chance to participate with his peers, and to participate in sports that he never would be able to otherwise,” said one mother.

Not to be outdone, WMC Action News 5's Jarvis Greer and Carrie Anderson were up for the challenge...well, sort of.

“Hey I'm getting all geared up," said Carrie as she donned her equipment. "I'm gonna get a helmet on, I'm gonna go over the edge and hopefully I'll be around for Friday football tonight.”

The view was spectacular, the journey down exhilarating and exhausting.

But knowing the money raised will help create more opportunity for Special Olympians was absolutely priceless.

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