In an effort to help his very sick 10-month old great-grandson get the lung transplant he needs to save his life, 87- year old Fairfield, Ohio resident Clarence Turner was willing to skydive out of a plane to gain people’s attention.
Turner, who made the jump two days before the Memorial Day holiday, was accompanied by his skydiving instructor on the publicity-seeking leap. Turner has jumped out of airplanes previously while serving in the military during World War II. His great-grandson, Julian Couch, is currently in critical condition in a hospital in nearby Cincinnati.
A community fund raiser is scheduled for June 2 and Turner’s recent skydiving stunt was an attempt to draw attention to the fact that his family needs financial support in order to help his great-grandson get the life-saving transplant he so desperately needs. Turner made his last parachute jump two years ago while he was visiting Japan. The octogenarian jumper says he takes his inspiration from former President George H.W. Bush who has also skydived out of airplanes while in his eighties. Turner says that his ultimate goal is to dive out of an airplane at an age older than the current age of the 88-year old former chief executive.
87-year-old Ohio man skydives to support sick great-grandson