Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Tightrope walking has been part of the Wallenda family for generations. Now, their biggest dream is coming true as Nik Wallenda prepares to take the stunt walk across Niagara Falls.
"My great-grandfather Carl Wallenda said to never give up, and this story is proof of that," Wallenda said.
This didn't happen without some hard work. Wallenda teamed up with politicians and local leaders to get approval for his daredevil event. Now, he will take the 1800 feet trek across a wonder of the world, bringing in thousands of spectators and money to the area.
"When you are talking $120 million, we can show you tax benefits and employment as a result of those millions of dollars," President of Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation John Percy said.
Wallenda said this is going to be more than a day or week-long event.
"I would like to make this region my second home. I would eventually like to make a full-time show here that I perform in throughout the season, along with my family members. Part of that is also visiting hospitals, visiting schools," Wallenda said.
Wallenda and city leaders said this performance would thrust Niagara Falls in a positive national spotlight, especially since this stunt has not been done since the 1800's. Wallenda said it's just another day in the life.
"Life is on the wire and everything else is just waiting. It really is life to us. People always ask us, how do you feel about it, are you nervous? I say, are you nervous to go to work? It's just what I do," Wallenda said.
The stunt will take place this summer.