Gary Burkart has Parkinson’s. His son, Kevin, is passionate helping with Parkinson’s live well. And he is passionate about skydiving. Kevin combined his passions to create Perfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease.Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Location: Skydive Twin Cities, Baldwin, WI
Since 2008, Kevin Burkart has combined two passions. In his first event, 100 Perfect Jumps, Kevin performed 100 skydives in one day and raised more $48,000 for Parkinson’s Disease and gained media awareness for Parkinson’s across the world. On June 16, 2010, Kevin returned to the skies, determined to set the bar even higher at 200 skydives in 24 hours. Weather was inclement as thick fog hampered the effort. Undeterred, Kevin tightened his schedule and was able to perfect 150 jumps: one jump every three minutes and 18 seconds. With this effort, Kevin raised awareness and over $78,000 for the fight against Parkinson’s disease. In 2012, Kevin planned 300 Perfect Jumps, the Final Tribute.But in March 2012 Kevin’s plans changed. He was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident. He broke numerous bones including four vertebrae and suffered serious nerve damage in his left arm. The injuries proved to be debilitating and have left Kevin without the use of his left arm. But his passion for skydiving and raising awareness for Parkinson’s remains strong.
Due to this less-than-perfect arrangement, the 300 Perfect Jumps is now “The Imperfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease.” Kevin has not attached a specific number of jumps to the event. For safety purposes he wants the flexibility of doing however many jumps his one good arm can handle. He may do 5, 50, or 150. Join us for the final tribute with Imperfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease.
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