Skydivers Raising Money for Cancer

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

STANTON - Some might call it taking a leap of faith, literally. On Saturday, a big crowd came out Stanton to take the plunge from 14,000 feet up.

But more than a thrill ride, this is a fight against cancer.

The fundraiser benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Alisha Backus has been skydiving for three years and says she wanted to take a different approach when she organized the event.

"People say the sky's the limit on everything you're doing and I was already a skydiver so we though 'hey why not combine that with what we're doing,'" Backus said.

"When do you ever get to do something so fun to help somebody out?" Skydiver, Jaquie Peeples, said.

Dozens of people from all across West Texas converged on Stanton including 17 new jumpers.

"It seemed like the perfect event to come out to and support leukemia and be able to go skydiving," Skydiver, Anthony Soto, said. "It's the most incredible rush you've ever experienced."

The skydive event kicked off the start of an even bigger goal. Backus is training for a marathon to honor everyone affected by the disease.

So far, she's raised $1,700 and hopes to reach $6,000 over the next few months.

"I figure while I'm young, do it while I can because you never know when you're not going to be able to do something like this," Backus said.

She says the best part is giving back and sharing her hobby with others at the same time.

"All of these people out here making a sky dive, they're also making a difference because they're out there taking the plunge, taking the leap and they're doing it for a good cause," Backus said.