On June 27, 2020, Olivia Anderson went on her 67th freefall airplane jump. Things did not go as planned for Olivia, with major injuries, including a broken back. But it did not break her spirit. She spent the following year working hard toward her goal for the one year anniversary of the accident, to jump out of an airplane once again. On June 27, 2021, Olivia performed a tandem skydive jump and kicked some serious June 27th ass!
On June 28, 2021, Judy Aguirre found the video from the day before and watched in awe as Olivia did that tandem jump, and it started the spark that turned into the fire. Judy rushed online to search out a skydiving facility nearby that had the skills to take someone like her, a quadriplegic, on a tandem jump. Skydiving was something her family has wanted to do together for years.
On July 24, 2021, Judy and her husband X and her 2 grown sons Nicolas and Diego all tandem jumped, realizing that family dream. Judy described it as “simply amazing, a pure adrenaline rush.” The story of the jump and the wonderfully accommodating staff at WNY Skydiving School in Albion, NY can be found in this article on syracuse.com. https://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/2021/07/cny-woman-a-quadriplegic-goes-skydiving-a-pure-adrenaline-rush-simply-amazing-video.html
Today I want to talk about how I am a very proud sister. Waiting all day for the jump video to post, when it finally did I watched it three times, crying every time. Hearing her say she wasn’t the least bit scared, seeing her smile from ear to ear, and watching her fist bump her son after she landed. I’m not crying, you’re crying! I’ve watched Judy conquer feat after amazing feat, working hard for every small gain over these last 12 years. Her determination is only outshone by her optimism and sunny outlook, something that has helped her in the mentoring of others who have found themselves in similar circumstances. As a member and vice president of the Syracuse Spinal Association here in Syracuse, she is able to do what she’s always meant to do, encouraging and helping others find joy in their own lives. She inspires me every day.
The Syracuse Spinal Association is having their annual fundraiser on September 25, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm at the Liverpool Elks Lodge. Stop in for food and live music and raffles and have some fun!!