“A real hero.” One man’s story, over the edge

Doctor goes "over the edge" for local non-profits

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) -Doctor Mike Waters was one of 75 people to suit up and rappel down Watertown's Midtown Towers on Saturday to raise money for the United Way. He says he wasn't nervous once he got on the ropes.

“I used to do this when I was in the service in my 20's, so it was an opportunity to relive my past," Dr. Waters said.

But this time, as he scaled 155 feet down, he couldn't see anything. Waters is blind.

Five years ago, a motorcycle accident caused Dr. Waters to lose his vision.

"I have to do that which I can do,” Dr. Waters said. “There are some things I absolutely can't do, so I want to be able those that I still can."

Supporters were there with Dr. Waters on the roof, though face time, and on the ground as he touched down safely.

One of his supporters was Dr. Maja Lundborg-Gray.

“It truly is amazing to see him out here being able to achieve one of his dreams being able to rappel the building,” Dr. Lundborg-Gray said.

Waters’ trainer, Ashley Astorga said, “I’m so proud. I can’t even explain the leaps and bounds he’s made over the past couple of years.”

Organizers say the event brought in about 50,000 dollars. And Waters' trip down the building didn't go unnoticed.

“Mike’s a real hero today,” said United Way C.E.O. Bob Gorman.

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