The Sky's the Limit—Literally

Larry Ekstrom Skydives for Leader Dog

Published in: Update - Issue 3- 2012 »    Listen to Article ♫
Larry Ekstrom skydiving

There is no shortage of examples of our supporters going above and beyond with inspiring efforts of service and fundraising, but from time to time there's an endeavor that really stands out. This August, the event that had everyone talking was the extraordinary feat of 70-year-old Larry Ekstrom.

Not one to shy away from challenge, Ekstrom chose to use his birthday to raise funds for Leader Dog by skydiving from about 2,000 feet not once, not twice… but 70 times! He began at 9 a.m., and for the next 10 hours he completed jump after jump with volunteers and friends helping to switch his parachute after each landing.

The Michigan local caught people's attention nationwide, with over 300 news sources reporting on Ekstrom's achievement for Leader Dog. He was even featured on The Huffington Post's column Greatest Person of the Day. In spite of the attention, Ekstrom was modest, telling CBS 6, "It's just another milestone and proves somebody can do something."

We see evidence of people doing something every day—the kinds of things that never fail to remind us how fortunate we are to be doing work that in turn inspires people to support us in amazing ways. We're taking this opportunity to say thank you once again to Larry Ekstrom and the many others who give their time, energy, funds, talents and dedication to help us empower people who are blind or visually impaired.