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Skyline Plunge! Tammie Souza rappels down theWit Hotel

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is known for its tall buildings and their breathtaking views, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to scale down the outside of one of them? Better yet, if you had the opportunity would you do it? Our own FOX 32 Meteorologist Tammie Souza took the leap in the name of charity.

Here's Tammie's first-hand account of her exhilarating experience:

See that tiny dot hanging off Chicago's Wit Hotel? It's me. I played Spiderman for the day, rappelling down a Chicago skyscraper to help the Respiratory Health Association raise awareness for lung disease research and programs.

My grandmother lost her long and painful battle with emphysema, so when they asked I said yes. How hard could it be? Little did I know!

We meet at the Wit Hotel on the corner of State and Lake in the Loop. After suiting up I head to the roof where Roy my instructor gives me a mini lesson in rappelling.

"There are a couple little things we want you to know," Roy told me. "First thing I'm gonna tell you is about this gold device."

Roy knows I've never done anything like this before. With my feet on edge of the roof I practice rappelling down to a patio one floor below. I'm feeling confident because there's a floor 12 feet below me there. However, I think it's going to be a little scarier when I go off the actual 27th floor. The view is spectacular and the weather is perfect. After a final safety check the only thing left to do is step over the edge of a 283 foot drop.

I can feel my heart racing now. I know this is all about lungs, but believe me; my heart's getting a workout. The rope is heavy and I feel it pulling me backwards. I can't look down. With my feet hanging off the roof I panic. I pull myself back up and take a few minutes to focus.

After a pep talk from Roy, I'm ready to try again. My legs are shaking, my heart is pounding. And with that I step off the edge. That first step was the worst part. I quickly relaxed and I could actually look down. Roy rappelled next to me and we stopped several times just to rest and take in the view down State Street. It was beautiful.

After 17 minutes, I touched the ground with relief, joy and the feeling of my grandmother smiling down at me. It was great and yes I'll do it again...someday.

If you'd like to play Spiderman, you're in luck! The Respiratory Health Association will be holding another Chicago Skyline Plunge in September. For more information or to make a donation to help raise awareness of lung disease and fund local research and programs click on this link.

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