Skydiving for World Cancer Day | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Fundraising, Inspiring Stories, Lifehouse News

On Saturday 4 February, World Cancer Day, nine brave souls took the challenge of a lifetime and skydived for Lifehouse.

Among them were mother-daughter team Jackie Butler and her daughter Kristy, jumping in support of their son/brother Dylan who is being treated at Lifehouse. Jackie and Kristy smashed their targets in just 24 hours.

And if that wasn’t enough, NRL legend Paul Langmack and his partner Amanda Lee jumped for the very first time. Paul is a Lifehouse Ambassador and has supported us in the past by running City2Surf.

Paul has thankfully beat his cancer and says “we want to make a difference. As a former NSW and premiership winning Bulldogs NRL player, I faced some tough opponents, but nothing like my battle with cancer in 2016. I am so inspired by and grateful for the work of the not-for-profit cancer hospital, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, not only for myself, but for the thousands of others they have helped, including my sister Diane Langmack.”

Lifehouse staff member Leanne Hodgekiss also jumped. Leanne said  “I have the privilege of working for this incredible organisation, and every single day at work I am inspired, amazed, proud, devastated and thankful.  Lifehouse was looking for people to take up the challenge to raise vital funds, be brave and do something a little crazy – skydive. And I thought, I’ll do it. I’ll be brave for Lifehouse and all those people who are facing cancer.”

Eleni Prineas was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable cancer two months after her first child was born in 2016. She received the all clear from her oncologist just 24hrs before the jump. Eleni has raised over $5,600. She says “Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has been such an amazing support during a very tough year. The staff and facilities have made our time easier and helped us cope with the stresses, especially as we have a small child.”

Julia,  Zoe and Miki are friends who work at Nova Entertainment, they drove down to the Wollongong site together in the hope that they could help calm each others’ nerves.

These exceptional people managed to raise over $27,000 for Lifehouse – we are so grateful to them. Thank you!

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