Cystic fibrosis jump to help with research

BIG JUMP: Dean McDonald and Lisa Greenwood complete the skydive.
BIG JUMP: Dean McDonald and Lisa Greenwood complete the skydive.

A TEAM of skydivers has raised more than $1770 for the 65 Roses Challenge.

A team of eight people, the majority of them Bendigo residents, skydived at 15,000 feet, with a 65-second free fall, for the cystic fibrosis fundraiser on Saturday.

Jump participant Lisa Greenwood described the experience as "surreal".

"The whole thing was absolutely amazing," she said.

"Terrifying, but amazing. 

"Once the shoot opened it was so relaxing and we just took in the view."

The jump was organised by Shepparton resident Karmilya Lovett to coincide with the end of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

"Karmilya has a daughter with cystic fibrosis," Ms Greenwood said.

"Karmilya lives in Shepparton now but I actually went to school with her in Bendigo.

"She was on Facebook asking people to join her on the skydive, so I got in touch."

Ms Greenwood was inspired to sign up through her links with Sharnie McDonald, a three-year-old with cystic fibrosis.

"I met Sharnie through her mum Courtney, who I also went to school with," she said.

"I'd always wanted to do skydiving and then I met Sharnie and I thought what an awesome cause to do it for."

Cystic fibrosis primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus.

People with CF develop an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system. 

All participants in the  65 Roses Challenge paid for their own jumps with $100 from each skydive to go towards research and support for people living with cystic fibrosis.

"So far we've raised  $1770.10 but people can still donate to the cause by using the link," Ms Greenwood said.


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