NEWS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2013
Contact: Kirsten Hardmant, Jump for the Rose Event Coordinator, Kirsten@JumpForTheRose.org
Four skilled skydiving women set a new Texas State Record head-up skydiving record at Skydive Spaceland last Saturday, Oct. 12, during the Jump for the Rose PinkFest Boogie. The annual charity event has so far this year raised more than $10,000 for The Rose, Houston-area breast cancer clinics that provide screening and treatment for women who can’t afford services along with those who can.
Nicole Black, Merriah Eakins, Alexandra Neale, and Katrina Shows were the ladies who set the new record. “It’s so awesome for someone with 222 jumps to be asked to jump with amazing jumpers like Merriah and Kat and achieve something that two years ago seemed so far out of reach,” said Neale.
“We just wanted to try something new and have fun while supporting the cause,” said Shows. “The first attempt was almost there, but we had some difficulty with fall-rate and transition speeds. Learning how each skydiver transitioned from the first attempt made the second attempt successful.”
The record jump was just one of many fun, rewarding skydives made by participants in the Jump for the Rose fundraiser. The annual breast cancer awareness event at Skydive Spaceland just south of Houston draws skydivers from around the world to raise money for The Rose and have fun trying to set skydiving records. When they weren’t setting records, participating skydivers enjoyed jump planning with top-quality skydiving organizers, wingsuit flights, children’s teddy bear and Barbie doll jumps, and more.
Jump for the Rose’s founder, Marian Sparks, describes her motivation for creating the charity organization after her successful cancer treatment at The Rose: “I wanted to give back to The Rose and the only way that I could think of was through skydiving. It only seems right to combine the two things that I am most blessed to have a part of my life: Skydiving and the medical team at The Rose. ”
This year’s event included participants from 18-75 years of age, hailing from eight states and two countries. In addition to the jumping, the event featured breast cancer prevention education, a popular raffle, a presentation of the skydiving/breast cancer documentary Pink Skies by producer Gulcin Gilbert. Eight cancer survivors attended, and the money raised brought Jump for the Rose’s lifetime donations to The Rose clinics to more than $50,000 (and donations are still coming in).
· Record skydive photo by Matt Sandt: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3h9xo7wr9ttw4yx/Women%204way%20head%20up%2010-13.jpg
· For more information on Jump for the Rose, or to donate see www.JumpfortheRose.org.
· More information on Skydive Spaceland: www.SkydiveSpaceland.com