Description: Join the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota Chapter for a special event: One-armed skydiver Kevin Burkart attempts a world record for his father, who has Parkinson's disease. All net proceeds will be split between NPF Minnesota and the National Parkinson Foundation.
On June 4, 2008, the stage was set as Kevin Burkart performed 100 skydives in one day and raised over $48,000 for Parkinson’s Disease. The pace was one jump every 4 minutes 56 seconds. The first event was dubbed, "The 100 Perfect Jumps for Parkinson Disease."
The second event was called, "The 200 Perfect Jumps for Parkinson Disease." On June 16, 2010, Kevin returned to the skies, determined to set the bar even higher at 200 skydives in 24 hours. Weather was inclement as thick fog hampered the effort. Undeterred, Kevin tightened his schedule and was able to perfect 150 jumps with each jump going down every 3 minutes and 18 seconds. With this effort, Kevin raised awareness and over $78,000 for the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.
The third event was entitled, "The 300 Perfect Jumps for Parkinson Disease", and was slated to happen on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. However, the event was postponed due to Kevin's life changing injuries.
On March 10 Kevin Burkart was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident on the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. He broke numerous bones including 4 vertebrae and suffered serious nerve damage in his left arm. The injuries proved to be debilitating and have left Kevin without the usage of his left arm due to a brachial plexus spinal cord injury which severed several major nerve connections.
With surgery at the Mayo Clinic, and rigorous physical therapy, Kevin will regain limited elbow flexion and some mild finger usage in 2-3 years. Despite the loss, Kevin is determined to press on.
With some changes to his gear, Kevin is able to jump with just one arm. When the canopy opens he uses a simple carabiner to connect the steering toggles. And the two handle emergency procedure used to disconnect the main canopy and pull the reserve canopy in the event of a malfunction have been combined to a single handle.
Due to this less-than-perfect arrangement, the 300 Perfect Jumps has been rebranded as the "Imperfect Jumps for Parkinson Disease." and has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Kevin has decided to not attach a specific number of jumps to the event. For safety purposes he wants the flexibility of doing however many jumps his one good arm can handle. He may do 5, 50, or 150.
Please join Kevin Burkart on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 as he attempts to complete a record number of one-armed skydives to benefit Parkinson's Disease research around the world.
This is the Imperfect Jumps for Parkinson's Disease.
When: All Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Contact Name: Kevin Burkart
Contact Phone: (952) 233-1474
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org