KARE11 Story: 300 Imperfect Jumps raises money for Parkinson's (Watch Interview Below)
My name is Kevin Burkart and I skydive for Parkinson’s Disease.
My father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1999. For 17 years we have been deeply involved with the movement to create a better life for those living with Parkinson’s today and to try and find a cure for tomorrow.
In 2007, seeking a new and creative event that would combine my passion for skydiving with my passion for raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease, I created The 100 Perfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease.
One Son. One Father. One Day.
In 2008 I completed 100 skydives in one day and raised $48,000 for Parkinson’s Disease. A Parkinson’s disease event had never received this much media attention. We achieved our goal of reaching a new audience.
In 2010 we doubled down, going for 200 skydives in one day. We raised $78,000 for Parkinson’s disease, garnered significant media attention, and I completed 150 skydives in one day in spite of a 7 hour weather hold.
In 2012 I was going to attempt 300 skydives in one day but I was involved in a tragic snowmobile accident two months prior to the event. It changed my life. A spinal cord injury caused permanent loss of the use of my left arm. I was paralyzed.
I created a way to skydive with one arm and in 2013 returned to the skies and completed 151 skydives in one day with one arm and raised an additional $135,000 for Parkinson’s disease.
I want you to be involved with this prominent opportunity. Sponsor me, sponsor a jump, come out to the drop zone and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, speakers and activities for adults and kids! It’s a dynamic, colorful, kid friendly environment. And you know you’re going to get to see me fall out of an airplane every four minutes!
Each jump is in honor or memory of someone afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, you will hear their stories.
One Son. One Father. One Day. One Arm.
Kevin L. Burkart
300 Imperfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease
All of the net proceeds will be split between the following two Parkinson groups
National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota
is a nonprofit, voluntary alliance, dedicated to improving the lives
of those affected by Parkinson's disease, through fundraising, community building, advocacy, and increasing public awareness.
It is a chapter affiliate of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF),
which sponsors research and treatment centers around the world. Membership is open to anyone wishing to promote Parkinson's disease awareness.
Learn more here: www.parkinsonmn.org
National Parkinson Foundation
NPF is the largest and oldest national Parkinson foundation in the United States. NPF supports Parkinson-related research, patient care, education, training, and outreach.
Learn more here: www.parkinson.org