All American Roll Models 5th annual Adaptive Skydiving Event August 29, 2014

ALLEGAN, MI—  All American Roll Models (AARM) hosted its 5th annual Adaptive Skydiving and Barbecue event at the Allegan County Airport on Friday. 

AARM, a non-profit organization that provides support services for individuals with physical disabilities, formed in 2008. Since 2010, the organization has help more than 50 individuals to skydive. 

Brian Culver, president of AARM and co-founder of the organization, said watching all the participants skydiving reminds him the first time doing it himself five years ago. He said he was nervous like everyone else, but when the gate opened at 10,000 feet above the ground, he was ready to jump. 

Amber Marcy, of Saugatuck, Miss Wheelchair Michigan 2009, participated AARM's first skydiving event in 2010 and she has been coming to show her support every year. 

"It's peer support here, we show them that there is so much life out of a chair," Marcy said. "Your disability doesn't define who you are. "

"I really enjoyed skydiving. It's a very free feeling," she said. "I didn't really think about my wheelchair when I was in the air." 

After 29-year-old Stuart Alexander, of Portage, participated the event last year, he decided to come back for skydiving again this year. He was excited to meet old and new friends.

"I went through a tough time myself, being in a wheelchair," he said. "It's tough every day waking up in a wheelchair, but I try to keep a smile on my face."

Brian Culver said: "We want people to have a great sense of accomplishment. That's what we do. We want people to feel good about themselves and feel like they are able to do something that a lot of people with able bodies wouldn't even consider."

Upcoming Events
My Account

edit my account