Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Skydiving party raises awareness of ALS

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From page A5 | May 02, 2013 |

Davis native Cathy Speck hurries into SkyDance SkyDiving at the Yolo County Airport to spread the news that the ALS skydiving event will start at 11:45 a.m. Sunday instead of 10 a.m. It's not too late to call or go online to reserve a spot for training and a seat in the plane. Courtesy photo

It’s not too late to join The Skydiving Specktacular crew, which will take to the skies Sunday to raise awareness and funding for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal, progressive neuromuscular disease.

Instead of starting at 10 a.m., the gathering begins at 11:45 a.m. in the picnic area at SkyDance SkyDiving at the Yolo County Airport northwest of Davis. To reserve a tandem skydiving spot, call 530-753-2651 or visit www.skydanceskydiving.net.

Cathy Speck and her friends and supporters also will host a party on the ground, providing drinks and snacks and offering information about ALS, the Ride to Defeat ALS in Napa and the Walk to Defeat ALS at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Both events are in early October. To donate, visit www.alssac.org or www.als.net.

Community members are welcome to bring picnic lunches and watch the skydivers float back to Earth.

Speck, who was diagnosed with the genetic form of ALS in 2009, says, “Skydiving is exciting, awe-inspiring and it attracts a lot of attention, which is why we’re using it as an ALS awareness opportunity.”

 

ALS can impact anyone, Speck says; there are no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. The average life expectancy is two to five years post-diagnosis. There is no cure.

For more information, email Speck at speckduval@gmail.com.

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