Skydiving Fundraiser in Memory of Local Boy Who Died from Brain Cancer

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The Team Jacob Foundation will be raising money this Saturday morning, 08/17/2013, as Tiffany Taylor skydives to celebrate what would have been her son's 13th birthday.

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Jacob inspired me with is humor, and even though he knew he was going to die, he had an amazing outlook on life.

To celebrate what would have been her son’s 13th birthday, Tiffany Taylor will be taking a giant leap from 12,000 feet, and skydiving during the first, annual Jump for Jacob event to raise money and awareness for childhood brain cancer. Her son, Jacob Taylor, was diagnosed with an inoperable and terminal brain stem tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) on May 19, 2009. Jacob passed away just 10 months later at the age of 9. Jacob’s aunt, Missy Hering, will be jumping alongside Tiffany on Saturday.

Although Jacob was too young to skydive, he became a member of the ground crew for Team Fastrax, the largest Skydive demo team in America, and became an honorary member of the United States Parachute Association. John Hart, owner and operator of Start Skydiving where Tiffany will be doing her jump, says, "Jacob inspired me with is humor, and even though he knew he was going to die, he had an amazing outlook on life. I really miss my little buddy". Shortly after his death in 2010, as part of a skydiving tradition to honor lost comrades and ensure that they will always be flying free with them for future skydives, Jacob's ashes were released in a memorial jump over the Middletown airport.

Tiffany and her mother, Kathy Taylor founded Team Jacob Foundation in 2011 to honor Jacob’s memory and help other families of children diagnosed with brain cancer. They have teamed up with the Cincinnati based non-profit, whose mission is to bring the world of Skydiving and Fundraising together through an online platform and spread awareness all over America.

Funds raised from this event benefit Team Jacob Foundation along with The Cure Starts Now, who are helping fund innovative research in the fight against childhood brain cancer. To donate, learn more about DIPG, or find out how you can Jump for Jacob, visit

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