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Events (past and upcoming), safety tips, and more happenings around Skydive Spaceland.

Skydive Spaceland Scrambles 2015 Report

Skydive Spaceland Scrambles 2015 Report

On Saturday, May 4, Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, TX, hosted its annual 4-way scrambles meet. Organized by local teams Spaceland Lite and Spaceland Toxic, six teams competed for top honors over five rounds of intermediate-level 4-way formation jumps. Clear skies and a light warm breeze made for perfect conditions, the packers made sure that everyone made their loads, and the video pool did a great job of turning back-to-back loads to keep the teams on pace for a mid-afternoon finish. Spaceland Lite member Katrina Shows wore multiple hats, serving as part-time videographer, chief judge, and along with the staff at manifest, made sure that the event ran smoothly. At the conclusion of the close competition, Grope-N-Go took the gold with 39 points, only three points ahead of silver winner Pharr-Out, and six points ahead of bronze winner Pinball Wizards. After deep contemplation, the annual “Wow! Award”, usually given to the rookie competitor who shows an unexpected and impressive display of skydiving skill, was awarded to two competitors from different teams who had less than 200 jumps between them: visiting from Ecuador, father and son Alonso Arturo Espinoza and Alonso Espinoza signed up for the competition not knowing what to expect, and ended the afternoon with big smiles and hopes that they will return to compete again next year. –Dave...

Skydive Spaceland Brings World-Class Skydiving with Texas Hospitality to Atlanta on May 1

Rosharon, Texas (March 31, 2015)–Building on the strong success of two world-class skydiving centers near Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida, Skydive Spaceland will open a third skydiving center near Atlanta on May 1. “This is such a beautiful farm property in the Appalachian foothills,” says owner Steve Boyd. “We’re super excited to bring our business here.” Boyd first opened Skydive Spaceland just south of Houston, Texas, in February of 2000, and the third-generation family skydiving business quickly grew into Houston’s largest, most progressive skydiving center. Spaceland conducts more than 100,000 skydives per year and has hosted major skydiving competitions including the U.S. National Skydiving Championships, and several state, national, and world records for skydiving including a Guinness World Record for most tandem skydives done in a day have been set there. The brand expanded to Clewiston, Florida, near Miami in early 2013. Located just 55 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in Rockmart, the latest Skydive Spaceland location is a 60-acre skydiving center that’s currently undergoing a complete remodel in preparation for its grand opening. Brand-new classrooms, restrooms, office, and a newly carpeted parachute packing area will welcome guests in style. Skydive Spaceland-Atlanta will fly the area’s largest skydiving aircraft, a Twin Otter capable of carrying 23 jumpers to 14,000 feet in just a few minutes. This allows up to 11 first-time skydivers to jump at the same time, unlike small skydiving centers where only a few people can jump together. Skydive Spaceland-Atlanta will continue the Spaceland tradition of offering one of the world’s strongest and most efficient civilian skydiving training programs, using modern training aids and state-of-the-art equipment in...
It’s Official: Guinness World Records Confirms Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Charity Skydive Event is New World’s Record

It’s Official: Guinness World Records Confirms Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Charity Skydive Event is New World’s Record

THE WOODLANDS, TX — March 24, 2015 — Not only did leaping out of an airplane raise more than $48,000 for the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, but the Jump! Shout! event last September near Houston landed the 286 jumpers in the record book. Major sponsors for the event included iFLY, Ron Carter Ford & First Choice Emergency. The Guinness World Records organization made it official this week, confirming that the 10,000-foot plunges into the blue at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon eclipsed the previous record, by five, for most tandem skydive jumps made at one location in 24 hours. The money raised will directly support children battling cancer, along with aiding their families.  Says CCRF Founder & CEO Greg Anderson:  “I am extremely proud of being part of a Guinness world record.  But it’s an even greater honor to meet so many people who care enough to literally jump out of an airplane to help others.  It means so much to the families who need the emotional and financial support to get through this devastating illness.  Many of them cannot afford monthly expenses such as electric and heating bills because their money goes towards the treatment of their children.” Jump! Shout! grew out of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, with CCRF Event Manager Holly Price working with jumpers from 18 to 81 who came from all walks of life.  Ms. Price is still amazed at how this came together: “Everyone involved, jumpers, staff from Skydive Spaceland, sponsors and volunteers—they all rallied together to crush this record.  It was truly an honor to be part of this world-class, and now world-record-holding,...

Skydivers Over Sixty World Sequential Record

On January 17th, two weeks after the original date was rained out, 19 Skydivers over Sixty (years of age) set a new World Record at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas. Nineteen jumpers completed two points (two separate skydiving formations) to set the new Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) world large-formation sequential record on the fourth try of the day. One SOS diver noted that the jumpers in the plane had a collective age of well over 1200 years old… Jump stories were exchanged while climbing to altitude, such as jumping from paradactyls, babysitting for Moses and dating Cleopatra… The record organizer was Rick Poplinger and the jumps technicians were George Nisson and Mark Pharr. Mark as well as Wendy Parrish and Marian Sparks were new to the SOS organization. This was their first event with the Skydivers over Sixty, which turned out to be quite an eventful one. Now that this record has been set, several of the jumpers are looking forward to participating in the upcoming formation record attempt at Elsinore, California. By Rick Poplinger Skydivers Over Sixty 19-way, first point Skydivers Over Sixty 19-way, second...

Extreme Team Building: Skydiving with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Friends

Houston Mayor Annise Parker does her first skydive at Skydive Spaceland-Houston, Jan. 4, 2015. See more photos on our Facebook page! (Rosharon, Texas, Jan. 6, 2014)–Not every business does team-building activities, and those that do don’t often plan something as intense as skydiving. You certainly wouldn’t expect it out of a government office, but Houston Mayor Annise Parker brought no fewer than 20 employees, City Council aides, and others to skydive and bond at Skydive Spaceland on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. “We don’t normally do events as extreme as this, but we’ve done charity runs, bowling, and such to get some time and recreation together,” said Janice Evans, Parker’s Chief Policy Officer and Director of Communications. “But yesterday we even got the mayor up there (to jump)! She kept seeing all of us come down throughout the day, everyone had fun, no one was sick or complaining, and she started thinking, ‘Why is everyone so happy and excited, what’s this all about?’ And of course the guys (instructors) worked on her throughout the day.” “Honestly, this wasn’t on my bucket list,” said Mayor Parker.  “My staff had been planning this for awhile and my original intention was to simply be on hand to support them.  As their team leader, though, I couldn’t just stand by and watch.  If they can do it, I can do it.  I’m not sure, however, it is something I’ll do again.” The group did tandem skydives harnessed to experienced instructors from about 14,000 feet (2.6 miles high), freefalling at 120 mph until about 6,000 feet. Parker, who jumped with experienced instructor Henry Prewitt and videographer Daniel Angulo, also had a...
Skydive Spaceland Owner Gives Back to our Military By Flying Wounded Veterans

Skydive Spaceland Owner Gives Back to our Military By Flying Wounded Veterans

Do you ever wonder what our pretty King Air with the in-flight door is up to? Spaceland’s owner Steve Boyd, Sr., has teamed with the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to provide free transportation in his King Air to our wounded veterans. So far, he has completed four missions including trips to North Carolina, Florida, and two to Colorado. The Colorado missions were extra special to Boyd, as he and co-captain Rabbitt Staib were included in the closing ceremonies of the Chris Kyle “Seal on the Mountain” Memorial Hunt. “We were privileged to transport Jeff Kyle and SSG Bruce Heckendorn back to Texas,” said Boyd. (Heckendorn had an IED blast under his vehicle blow out his knees, rip his Achilles tendon, and cause mild traumatic brain injury.) “Also going on were the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, from which we transported SSG Brian Boone and his family back to San Antonio.” Want to help our veterans too? Steve is looking for any corporate sponsors who are interested in contributing, tax-free, to help us fly more missions for our wounded veterans. Please email him at steve@skydivespaceland.com if you’d like to learn more and get involved! Boyd also transported Army SGT Cory Muzzy and his wife on a VAC mission. Muzzy lost both legs and is now legally blind from a training accident at Fort Bragg on February 21, 2014, in which an explosion killed one service member and wounded seven others. Muzzy has endured many surgeries and continues to recover and remain positive, and he has big plans for his future. He and his wife went home to San Antonio for the first time since the accident...
Skydivers Set Three World Records Over Skydive Spaceland

Skydivers Set Three World Records Over Skydive Spaceland

Rosharon, Texas (Nov. 4, 2014)—On the weekend of Oct. 25-26, 2014, skydivers set not one or two, but three challenging world skydiving records (and several Texas state/national records) at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, just south of Houston. “These records were all new (no previous records had been set in this category), making these skydivers pioneers,” said international skydiving judge Randy Connell of Fredericksburg, Va., who flew to Texas to observe and certify the records. The first world record was a skydive on Oct. 25 in which 57 skydivers successfully built two different, pre-planned formations in a head-down orientation, falling at roughly 180 mph with only about 45 seconds of freefall to achieve the record. The jumpers leaped from three airplanes flying in close formation at about 15,000 feet above the ground, and built the record on only the fourth try. The individual flying skill and group coordination required to set such a record is immense and requires each participant to be on top of their game at every moment. The second and third world records were smaller skydives completed the next day with 33 people completing more formations in a single jump. The group successfully built three, then four, different formations on a single jump to round out the weekend event, for which skydivers traveled from eight countries (Canada, Mexico, Germany, Argentina, South Africa, Sweden, France, and Chile). “To get to fly with all of these people we hand-picked was overwhelming,” said co-organizer Donagene Jones of Clovis, Calif. “I am still smiling! It was worth every second of planning, and I couldn’t be happier!” The event was part...

We Did It! CCRF Breaks Guinness World Record and Raises $48,255 at Charity Skydive Event to Assist Children Battling Cancer and Their Families

Houston Man among the Skydivers Who Honored Young Daughter’s Memory Chad Barrett, #2 jumper. See all participant photos and more on Facebook Rosharon, TX – October 2, 2014 – It was the thrill of a lifetime in more ways than one, as 286 skydivers took to the skies and made a jump that was both exhilarating and meaningful to so many. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF), a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, hosted an adventure fundraiser called Jump! Shout! on September 27th financial assistance to children with cancer and their families. As part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, participants raised a collective total of $48,255 for this important cause, and CCRF says it proudly broke the Guinness World Record for most tandem skydive jumps in one location in 24 hours at 286 jumps. CCRF will submit documentation to Guinness World Records for official review and confirmation. The previous record was set at 281 in June 2014 and was organized by Skydive UK Ltd (UK) at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Devon, UK. “Observing people from all walks of life, ages 18 to 81, take this extraordinary plunge from 14,000 feet was a sight to behold,” said CCRF Events Manager Holly Price. “This was a world-class event that is truly helping children with cancer. Everyone involved, from jumpers, staff from Skydive Spaceland, sponsors and volunteers all rallied together to crush the current world record. It was an honor to be a part of an extraordinary event. By helping others, it was a positive experience for everyone involved and we are grateful to all who contributed to this worthwhile cause.” Chad Barrett, a Houston pastor at Kingwood Bible Church, honored his daughter’s memory during the fundraiser by making the daring jump...
Jump! Shout! World Record Event Business Contributors

Jump! Shout! World Record Event Business Contributors

Are you ready to help us help kids with cancer? On Sept. 27, 2014, Skydive Spaceland-Houston and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) are attempting to break the current Guinness World Record of 251 tandem skydives completed in a single location in one day by doing 400 or more! The proceeds from this event benefit CCRF, which supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer through financial aid, gift, research, and camp programs. Would your business like to help support this event? There are a lot of ways you can contribute, and thank you for your interest! Several sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Holly Price at CCRF (email or phone 713-389-5544) to learn more! Financial donations are always welcome, of course! Donate online… Help us get the word out by posting information in employee break rooms, inserting promotional cards with employee paychecks, etc. Develop competing fundraising teams within your organization and offer incentives to the winners! Thank you so much for your help! Here are more ways you can get involved: SKYDIVE Skydive and raise money to help kids with cancer and their families! Almost anyone 18 years of age and up, and up to 280 pounds, can skydive. Raise at least $300 and get a FREE skydive! Here’s how it works… RAISE MONEY Financial support is always welcome even if you’d rather not skydive! Your gift will go towards financial aid, gift, research, and/or camp programs for children with cancer and their families. Learn more… SPREAD THE WORD If you want to help in addition to or instead of collecting money, help us spread the word about this...
Jump! Shout! World Record Promotion Information

Jump! Shout! World Record Promotion Information

Are you ready to help us help kids with cancer? On Sept. 27, 2014, Skydive Spaceland-Houston and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) are attempting to break the current Guinness World Record of 251 tandem skydives completed in a single location in one day by doing 400 or more! The proceeds from this event benefit CCRF, which supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer through financial aid, gift, research, and camp programs. If you are fundraising and planning to skydive, please see this page! If you want to help in addition to or instead of collecting money, help us spread the word! To set a world record and raise as much money as we can, we need all the help we can get. The more the merrier! Tell your friends and family, share information via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, put up posters, put promotional cards in your employees’ paychecks–help us get the word out any way you like! Useful Links World Record Jumper Information Facebook event for the World Record Pre-Registration Events Sept. 20: Kingwood Bible Church Sept. 23:  Grub Burger Bar (Houston) and Grub Burger Bar (Woodlands) Sept. 24: Saint Arnold Brewing Company Sept. 26: Skydive Spaceland Printed Materials If you’d like to get a batch of promotional cards to hand out, please contact Holly Price at the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation via email or phone at 713-389-5544. Here are some flyers you can print and distribute as well! Jump! Shout! World Record Poster Jump! Shout! World Record Poster 24×36 Here are more ways you can get involved: SKYDIVE Skydive and raise money to...
Jump! Shout! World Record Event Fundraising Information

Jump! Shout! World Record Event Fundraising Information

Are you ready to help us help kids with cancer? On Sept. 27, 2014, Skydive Spaceland-Houston and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) are attempting to break the current Guinness World Record of 251 tandem skydives completed in a single location in one day by doing 400 or more! The proceeds from this event benefit CCRF, which supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer through financial aid, gift, research, and camp programs. If you are fundraising and planning to skydive, please see this page! If you want to raise funds but don’t want to skydive, that is perfectly fine! Not everyone wants to jump and we would love to have your support in any way you want to give it. Thank you for your interest in this cause! You can set up your own fundraising page or donate to someone else who is raising money to skydive over at GroupRev. You can also form fundraising teams for more help! Donate online now!   Here are more ways you can get involved: SKYDIVE Skydive and raise money to help kids with cancer and their families! Almost anyone 18 years of age and up, and up to 280 pounds, can skydive. Raise at least $300 and get a FREE skydive! Here’s how it works… SPREAD THE WORD If you want to help in addition to or instead of collecting money, help us spread the word about this event! To set a world record and raise as much money as we can, we need all the help we can get! Here’s how you can help promote this event… GET YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED...
Jump! Shout! World Record Tandem Skydiver Information

Jump! Shout! World Record Tandem Skydiver Information

Ready for the thrill of a lifetime with the added thrill of helping a seriously good cause? On Sept. 27, 2014, Skydive Spaceland-Houston and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) are attempting to break the current Guinness World Record of 251 tandem skydives completed in a single location in one day by doing 400 or more! The proceeds from this event benefit CCRF, which supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer through financial aid, gift, research, and camp programs. Almost anyone 18 years of age and up, and up to 280 pounds, can skydive! Common skydiving questions… What do I do to participate and skydive? Licensed skydivers can also help out! Please note, if you jump solo rather than doing a tandem skydive, your funds will count (THANK YOU!), but your skydives will not count toward the tandem skydiving world record attempt. Raise $300: Receive $149 credit with Skydive Spaceland-Houston Raise $500: Receive $265 credit 1) Register online and start raising money for your jump Raise $300: Get a FREE tandem skydive at Skydive Spaceland-Houston! Raise $500 or more: Get a FREE tandem skydive and professionally edited, high-definition video and photos of your jump Anyone raising $500 or more will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes as well! You can raise money out of your own pocket, by getting donations from friends/family/co-workers, selling crafts, throwing down challenges like the current ice bucket craze for ALS… get creative! Register now! *All fundraising monies need to be collected by September 22, 2014 to ensure your free tandem skydive jump.  If you do not raise enough for your jump, you can...
Jump! Shout! World Record Tandem Skydive for Kids With Cancer

Jump! Shout! World Record Tandem Skydive for Kids With Cancer

Want to get in the Guinness World Record Book while helping out a great cause and having the time of your life for free?! It’s a trifecta of awesomeness! On Sept. 27, 2014, Skydive Spaceland-Houston and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) are attempting to break the current record of 251 tandem skydives completed in a single location in one day by doing 400 or more! The proceeds from this event benefit CCRF, which supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer through financial aid, gift, research, and camp programs. With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Help CCRF help more kids by fundraising and enjoying the thrill of a lifetime! Here’s how you can get involved: SKYDIVE Skydive and raise money to help kids with cancer and their families! Almost anyone 18 years of age and up, and up to 280 pounds, can skydive. Raise at least $300 and get a FREE skydive! Here’s how it works… RAISE MONEY Financial support is always welcome even if you’d rather not skydive! Your gift will go towards financial aid, gift, research, and/or camp programs for children with cancer and their families. Learn more… SPREAD THE WORD If you want to help in addition to or instead of collecting money, help us spread the word about this event! To set a world record and raise as much money as we can, we need all the help we can get! Here’s how you can help promote this event… GET YOUR BUSINESS...

Women Set New Skydiving World Record at Skydive Spaceland During Jump for the Rose Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Charity Kelly, Alexandra Neale, Cara Considine, and Tammie Frank set a world record vertical head-up large-formation record on Aug. 10, 2014. Contact (Skydive Spaceland): Christy West, Marketing Director 281-369-3337; Christy@SkydiveSpaceland.com Contact (Jump for the Rose): Marian Sparks, 713-816-0185, marian@jumpfortherose.org Rosharon, Texas (Aug. 11)—On Aug. 10, 2014, four female skydivers set a new world record for largest vertical skydiving formation performed in a head-up orientation (also known as sit-flying or feet-first flying) at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas, just south of Houston. The women achieved the record on their eleventh attempt during the annual Jump for the Rose fundraiser, which benefits The Rose, a Houston-area nonprofit breast health organization. Head-up group skydiving records are relatively new on the world scene, and the Texas girls are the first to claim a world record in this category. This type of skydiving is high-speed and challenging even for very experienced jumpers. The four women who set the record—Cara Considine and Charity Kelly of the Dallas area with Tammie Frank and Alexandra Neale of Houston—were part of a group of 12 women working together to achieve the world record. Brad Perkins flew with the ladies to record the record performance. Three qualified judges have certified the performance, which is awaiting final ratification by the international governing body of aeronautics. “Not only did I see some of the best all female feet first flying ever, I saw some of the best feet first flying, period,” said Ben Nelson, one of the group’s videographers and mentors. Tammie Frank, Charity Kelly, Cara Considine, Alexandra Neale “This is an amazing start to show what female skydivers can achieve,” said...

Skydive Spaceland Hosts First Transitions 3-Way Speed Star Competition

On August 3, 2014, Skydive Spaceland added friendly competition to its Transitions program for recent graduates of any skydiving program. Skydivers with A licenses up to around 100 jumps enjoy free coaching from two available USPA Coaches/experienced jumpers every weekend. Also, during the first weekend of every month there is an event with additional mentors focused on a particular skill such as dive and dock, turns, and linked exits. August’s Transitions event was a 3-round, 3-way Speed Star event in which each mentor formed a team with two jumpers who each had under 100 jumps. The event followed a modified version of classic 10-way rules, with all jumpers leaving from behind the so-called “suicide line” from the leading edge of the Otter door to the opposite bulkhead corner. Each mentor provided point-of-view video for judging purposes, which allowed the event to run at no additional cost to the competitors. Despite significant weather challenges on both weekend days that pushed the Saturday event to Sunday afternoon, five teams persevered and completed all three rounds in short order once jumping recommenced. It was the first skydiving competition for many of the mentors as well as the mentees. “I learned more in these 3 jumps than in the last 20,” said Cale Curry of third-place team 101 JumpStreet. First place went to Double Ds, with recent graduates Dave Baxter and Doug Brooks jumping with mentor Steve Thompson. Dave and Doug received first prizes of 20% off a Sun Path Javelin harness and container system from the Skydive Spaceland Pro Shop. Double Ds scored a fast 14.64-second round 3 to get out of...
Free Skydiving Adventure is Only a Fundraiser Away at Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s Jump! Shout! Skydiving Event

Free Skydiving Adventure is Only a Fundraiser Away at Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s Jump! Shout! Skydiving Event

THE WOODLANDS, TX — July 7, 2014 — Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) is hosting an adventure fundraiser that gives individuals the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause while taking an unforgettable life-changing plunge from a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Spaceland. This hair-raising experience comes at no cost to those participants, who raise between $300 and $499. Those who raise more than $500 also jump at no cost, and receive a complimentary video of the jump to share with friends and family. Those who raise less than $300 are responsible to cover the cost of their own jump. Too nervous to jump? You can still donate to CCRF and help the foundation assist children and their families struggling with cancer. Looking to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most tandem skydive jumps in one location, CCRF is planning to top the current record of 251 jumps on Saturday, September 27, 2014, beginning at sunrise, at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas. The previous record was set on August 30, 2013 at Varrelbusch Airport in Cloppenburg, Germany. To cross this exhilarating event off your bucket list, register at Skydive.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org where you can create a fundraising page to share with friends and family to reach your donation goal and help kids fighting cancer. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this exciting theme to fundraise for children with cancer,” said Skydive Spaceland Owner Steve Boyd. “There is no higher calling than helping those in need. We’re hoping to set a really impressive record to raise a lot of money for these kids and we’re already buried in calls from staff wanting to help us make this a reality. Everyone wants to help!” Licensed skydivers can...
Tracking/Tracing Dive Policies

Tracking/Tracing Dive Policies

Tracking dives are fun… free flowing… and inherently potentially riskier than dives that fall straight down. Any dive in which jumpers plan horizontal movement will require additional safety considerations to reduce the additional risks. Spaceland has developed several policies for tracking/tracing dives with the blessings of our staff and experienced tracking organizers. Please follow these guidelines to help keep us all safe. DO NOT track back to the line of flight after tracking away (except when breaking off as planned from your group). These dives have a much greater chance of landing off the drop zone than regular jumps. Also, since these dives open away from the usual jump run, don’t assume we will see you if you land out or have a malfunction. Thus, don’t expect a ride if you land out, but we will come get you if we see you. Identify an appropriate alternate landing area right after opening and fly conservatively to it, then make the phone calls described next. If you have a cutaway, take careful note of where you opened so we can help you find your main. Each jumper should carry a mobile phone in a secure pocket, and program the following three numbers into it: Manifest (281-369-3337), ICE or In Case of Emergency number (family/responsible person for us to contact in case you are hurt), and the jump organizer. Call 911 first if you land out and are badly hurt, and call us second. Call us also if you land out but are unhurt to let us know you are OK and if you need a ride. Also call your jump’s organizer...

Skydive Spaceland to Host Jumps for Kristina Fundraiser in July

Kristina Barrett Rosharon, Texas (June 16, 2014)—On August 23, 2010, Chad and Melissa Barrett had to hear some of the worst news a parent can ever hear—that his 8-year-old daughter Kristina had cancer. And not just any cancer, but a rare, painful form called clear cell sarcoma that had already spread to her lungs. Despite a poor prognosis, surgery, five rounds of chemotherapy, and multiple clinical trials have given her nearly four additional years of life with her family. Now, however, the cancer has returned and Kristina is in home hospice care with her family. Through some of the roughest hell a parent can endure, Barrett, Director of the Greater Houston branch of Child Evangelism Fellowship, has managed to maintain a positive outlook of hope for Kristina through his faith in God. One of the ways he supports his faith is by tandem skydiving, drawing parallels between his faith in his skydiving instructor and his God. “When I skydive, I’m depending on a pro to handle the parachute,” he explains. “Donny has my back when I’m jumping, and Jesus has my back in life.” Barrett has brought friends and fellow worshipers to skydive at Skydive Spaceland, just south of Houston in Rosharon, in the past. When Spaceland’s owner Steve Boyd found out that Barrett’s next planned group skydive had been postponed due to Kristina’s condition, he found a way for skydivers to pitch in and help Barrett with the expenses of Kristina’s health care. “We have to help each other in times like this,” Boyd says. “There’s nothing worse than for something like this to happen to your child.”...

Skydive Spaceland to Host Second Annual Houston Firefighters’ Memorial Event

Chris Lee, Houston Firefighter, does a memorial skydive for fallen firefighters in June 2013. Contact: Chris Lee, Houston Fire Department 832-405-3769; chrislee5479@gmail.com Rosharon, Texas (June 12, 2014)— On July 5, skydivers/Houston firefighters Chris Lee (HazMat/22-D shift) and Clint Meade (firefighter/paramedic in training) will organize a memorial skydiving event at Skydive Spaceland for the Houston firefighters who were killed or injured battling the deadly hotel fire in Houston on May 31, 2013. The fire killed four Houston Fire Department (HFD) firefighters and injured 13 more, making it the deadliest incident in HFD history. Last year, Lee hosted the first annual event for firefighters, family, and friends to share remembrances of their loved ones. Several of those made their first skydives that day as well with a generous $50 discount for HFD employees. Sabina Bebee, whose son Robert was one of the fallen firefighters and had jumped at Spaceland, was one of them. “She told me, ‘This is the closest I can get to my son without leaving this earth,’ ” recalled Lee. “It was a real spiritual moment after landing when she had a prayer moment with the family. It made the whole memorial worth it.” This year, Bebee along with several other friends, family members, and firefighters plan to skydive again or for the first time. Skydive Spaceland is offering a $50 discount off first-time skydives for HFD employees; Lee is rallying the jumpers to arrive by 12 pm to jump together. Clint Meade, a student skydiver and former Marine who recently moved to the area to work with the Houston Fire Department, will jump in his bunker gear around...