"There is a way that others can help me to prepare mentally. Sponsoring one of my jumps in honor or memory of someone energizes me and makes a great gift or memorial for someone else,” says skydiver Kevin Burkart.
Prior Lake, MN (PRWEB) December 21, 2009
The weather outside may be “frightful,” but 37-year-old Kevin Burkart is envisioning a perfectly clear, pleasant day in June 2010. On June 16, at SkyDive Twin Cities in Baldwin, WI, Burkart will be reprising his “Perfect Jumps for Parkinson’s” but this time instead of 100 skydives in one day, he’ll be doing 200! In 2008, his “100 Perfect Jumps” raised more than $45,000 to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and support therapies and treatment services for people impacted by PD.
Burkart first became acquainted with Parkinson’s disease when his father, Gary Burkart of Shell Lake, WI, was diagnosed in July 1999. PD is the second-most common progressive neurodegenerative disease, affecting more than one million Americans. Primary signs of the disease include tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement and poor balance.
“I’m training now to be sure that my body is in peak condition for this event,” says Burkart, president of StepStoneGroup, a marketing, graphic design and promotions agency based in Savage, Minnesota. There is a way that others can help me to prepare mentally. Sponsoring one of my jumps in honor or memory of someone energizes me and makes a great gift or memorial for someone else.”
Kevin has made nearly 1,000 jumps in his skydiving career, and placed seventh at US Nationals in 2006, competing with a 4-way formation team called Fast Forward. The team won the Open Division of the Northern Plains Skydiving League that same year.
For the event, Burkart will use two planes, six skydiving rigs, dozens of parachute packers and a host of logistical volunteers that will assist with ground crew duties. He will exit each plane ride at approximately 2,000 feet doing a jump every 4-5 minutes for 17-18 hours. The day will begin at 2 a.m., Kevin will do approximately 30 jumps in the dark, which he is qualified and licensed to do. He feels confident he'll meet the 200 jumps goal around 9 or 10 p.m. that evening. As for the jumps, Burkart says, "They'd better be perfect!"
The objective of “The 200 Perfect Jumps” is to net at least $60,000, which will be divided between the Parkinson Association of Minnesota and the National Parkinson Foundation. The groups will use the funds to support programs that will increase the quality of care for people with PD and their families.
To sponsor a jump in honor or memory of someone, visit “The 200 Perfect Jumps for Parkinson’s Disease” website.
A variety of corporate sponsorship opportunities—including a very limited number of opportunities to have a corporate logo placed on one of the customized canopies that Kevin will be using—are available as well. Sponsorship packets are available by calling 952-233-1474.
Members of the media can find photos of Kevin Burkart doing his 100 jumps on The 200 Jumps for Parkinson's Disease site and clicking on “Downloads” in the upper right corner.
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