Sisters in the Sky: Survivors to jump to end cancer

IMG_7701_skydivingElizabeth Young isn’t afraid to jump for a cause no matter how high. As a survivor of cervical cancer, Young empowers women through skydiving, running marathons and giving back to the cause.

This year is no different. She is hosting a Sisters in Skydiving event during Mother’s Day Weekend on May 12-14 in Whiteville, TN. All proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. Last year, she raised more than $2,500 with her skydiving event. Registration is still open for the weekend. To date, more than 50 women from 16 different states are registered.

“As a women’s cancer survivor, I picked a cause that is very close to my heart,” Young said.

More than 60 women from 21 states jumped 14,500 feet in the air during the Mother’s Day weekend las tyear, which was hosted through the West Tennessee Skydiving organization.

For a long time, Young dreamed of hosting a Sisters in Skydiving event to help more women grow in the male-dominated sport of skydiving.

The Sisters in Skydiving program, sponsored through the United States Parachute Association, is a female monitoring program where less experienced female jumpers are paired with mentors to grow their skills. Unfortunately, Young said a small percentage of skydivers are women and skydiving is a male-dominated sport.

For more information about the specific event, visit the West Tennessee Skydiving organization. For more information about how to organize an event focused on giving back to #EndWomensCancer, contact FWCinfo@sgo.org.

Spotlight

Elizabeth Young isn’t afraid to jump for a cause no matter how high. As a survivor of cervical cancer, Young empowers women through skydiving, running marathons and giving back to the cause. This year is no different with her second skydiving event Mother’s Day Weekend.

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