On August 25, 2012, when I skydive along with the rest of the Wish Jump 2012 team, I’ll have no fear as I step out of the plane. I know that my Guardian Angel Xavier will be right there, soaring alongside of me like a true Superhero, until I land safely on the ground.
Xavier LOVED superheroes, especially Batman and Robin. Confined to the home because of his illness, his Wish was for a Batman and Robin room makeover. Not only was his bedroom made into his very own Batcave (complete with a red Bat Phone for those important calls from the Commissioner), Xavier also got to meet Batman and Robin, and spend time with them in his new room.
Just seven months later, at the age of five, Xavier ended his very courageous fight with mitochondrial disease. He earned his wings at home in his room, surrounded by superheroes, just like he wished. The family now uses his room as their family room, where they watch Xavier’s favorite Batman movies together, play games, and keep his spirit alive.
I LOVE this! CRUSH 105.7 DJ Mike Adams has enlisted the help of promotional members from the station in support of his fundraising efforts! Today at the corner of Wolf and Central in Albany. Hmmm, what will our other DJs do to top this?!
Several skydivers for Wish Jump 2012 are also Make-A-Wish Northeast New York staff and volunteers. How cool is that – jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, free falling through the air 1000 feet every 6 seconds at a speed of about 120 mph, all while raising money to grant wishes - now that’s dedication!
Meet Wish Granter, Wish Jumper, Dena Haberland…
Q. How many years have you been a volunteer Wish Granter? A. Eight years.
Q. How many wishes have you granted? A. I’m working on my fifteenth wish right now.
Q. What’s your most memorable wish granting experience? A. One (of many) memorable moments was when I tied a big red bow around an 8 week old black pug puppy and sent him up the street in a limo. The everlasting bright smile on Austin’s face when his new puppy jumped into his arms melted my heart. This was a wish that stays with Austin every day – a loving, loyal, companion!
Wishes like Dena’s come true because of the generosity of Make-A-Wish donors. If you’d like to make a donation on behalf of Dena, and help her reach her fundraising goal of $1,500, CLICK HERE.
I thought all of the Wish Jumpers might enjoy a little “extreme motivation” for our event with this awesome GoPro video that can be found on the Extreme Bucket List website. It’s one of the best extreme sports videos I’ve ever seen. There’s some really crazy skydiving and base jumping footage. I love the Red Bull guy in the wingsuit (at 2:12). Oh, and pay close attention at 4:51, because that’s him flying in between the two mountains with the crowd below – SICK! If this doesn’t get your heart pumpin’, call 911 because I think your systems are failing. I have goosebumps.
This definitely ain’t no bake sale. Enjoy!
All of the Wish Jumpers are eager to start fundraising to raise as much money as possible for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York! We have a feeling it may even get competitive among some of our Jumpers, and there’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, right? Right! If you’d like to support us, click on the DONATE tab at the top of the page for all the details. To learn more about the Wish Jumpers, you’ll find a tab up there for them too.
We’d like to say “Thank You” in advance for your support. Wishes come true, because of you!