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My name is Fred. As a kid growing up in Kalispell, I never intended to become a skydiver. From my yard, I knew the sound of the jump plane and would watch the little dots fall out of it and soon turn into brightly colored parachutes. In 1971, I was going to the local community college. My life was headed in a fairly normal direction. My roommate, who was always partaking in unusual adventures, said that his next quest was to go skydiving! I gave him the standard line, “Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane”? But, I had a few days to think about it. I convinced myself to go with him and take the lessons. I remember saying that I was going to jump “only once”. With that, I would have the rest of my life to brag about it.
Well, that was 42 years ago and over 8700 jumps ago. The day that I made my first jump, July 4, 1971, became my independence day from the ground. I found something very interesting and an amazing playground outside the door of an airplane. I found that if I could jump out of an airplane, anything else was a piece of cake. My self assurance and expectations had no limits. Skydiving became my passion.
Skydiving has given me exciting adventure after adventure. Skydiving has provided a way of life for me.
I have met hundreds of some of the most interesting people in the world. All have the common bond of enjoying the exhilaration of jumping out of that perfectly good airplane, hot air balloon, helicopter, or whatever. I have traveled throughout the United States finding new friends everywhere. I have jumped in Canada and Mexico. For several years, I would migrate to Florida or California for the winter and work in the parachute industry. I attained my FAA Master Parachute Rigger certificate. I have my Expert Skydiver License. Because I wanted to spread the sport, I became an Instructor. Through the years, I have trained several thousand people to make their first jump. One of my biggest rewards is to jump with some of my students and see their smiling face in the Big Sky. Now, many of them surpass me with their skills; some becoming national and world champions.
And, best of all, I found my best friend and wife because of skydiving. Lenni was one of my students. We fell in love in freefall. We now live at the dropzone with our home overlooking the airport. Again, it wasn't my fault. Skydiving found me and changed my life. Maybe it will change yours too.
Hello, my name is Lenni. I am a retired skydiver with over 1400 skydives. I live in Montana with my husband Fred,
who also is my best friend. We over look a beautiful valley called 'Lost Prairie', where we teach skydiving. I am a native born and raised in Great Falls.
I was diagnosed in 2001 with Parkinson's Disease. If you do not know about Parkinson's Disease it is a debilitating disease. It affects the nervous system and muscles. Your muscles become rigid, tremors happen and your movement slows. This is due to the loss of dopamine in the brain.
There is not a cure for this disease at this time. So I now spend time helping to raise money for this cause.
I make jewelry for the Skydive Lost Prairie store. All of my profit goes to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Research for Parkinson's Disease.
As the story goes, my sister Linda came to visit me from Missouri, you know 'the show me state'. She wanted to make a bracelet that said 'Cure Parkinson's'. Well that was the beginning. We were hooked. Then my girlfrIends got in on it and it grew into making jewelry for a cause,
research to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
My jewelry is hand crafted and affordable. It is created by myself and inspired by my sister and my girlfriends.. I use stone, glass, turquoise, swarovski crystals, and more. I use quality beads in which some are glass beads designed and handmade by my sister. I use sterling silver, some silver plated, copper and vermeil, and much more. All of the 'Suitcase' beads are lead free and full of fun,
artsie-funky and totally creative and unusual wear.
So right now you can email me and
I will send you photos of my work.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out my sister's web site for very unique and creative original jewelry pieces. www.grantjewelry.com