On August 23, 2010, Chad and Melissa Barrett had to hear some of the worst news a parent can ever hear—that their 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 gave her nearly four additional years of life with her family. Sadly however Kristina passed away on June 21st.
When Skydive Spaceland’s owner Steve Boyd found out that Chad 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.
On July 12, the rescheduled day for Barrett’s group skydive, Skydive Spaceland will donate $50 for each first-time tandem skydiver jumping that day whether they’re part of Barrett’s group or not. With the potential to handle hundreds of first-time jumpers every day, Spaceland is hoping to raise $10,000 or more to support Kristina and her family. Please come out and support this event whether you are a beginning or expert skydiver or just want to be a spectator.