“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, two hours before his first skydive. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, resident was getting ready to jump from 10,000 feet, a stunt he was completing to help raise money for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders, as well as improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities. Stone became a paraplegic 10 years ago when a car accident left him with a spinal cord injury.
Dressed in a Superman costume, Stone, 33, jumped out of a plane during a tandem jump with Skydive Airtight instructor Dave Catteeuw, raised over $10,000 for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation before his jump.
Clearly, Stone does not let his wheelchair confine him. His friend Sara Gaines convinced him to skydive. “Something about his energy just really drew me to him,” Gaines said. She remembers telling him, “Something tells me you need this in your life.” Gaines went skydiving for the first time two years ago. “To me, skydiving is very Zen,” she said. “You’re completely in the moment.” After Stone agreed to do it, he decided to use it as a way to raise money for the foundation. “I thought, if I’m going to do it, I might as well make a big deal out of it,” he said.
(Adapted from Tulsa World article.)