MN man will attempt 300 skydives in one day for Parkinson's disease


This guy plans to jump out of an airplane 300 times in 24 hours.

Kevin Burkart skydives for Parkinson's Disease – he has already raised thousands of dollars and completed 151 skydives in one day.

On Tuesday, the Prior Lake man will attempt "300 imperfect jumps" to set a world record and raise more money for the disease.

And oh yeah, he only has one working arm.

How it all started

Burkart became passionate about raising awareness for Parkinson's after his father was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, according to a news release from National Parkinson Foundation. He decided to use his love of skydiving to raise funds towards finding a cure.

He completed 100 skydives in one day in 2008, bringing in $48,000 in donations, the release says. He didn't stop there – making 150 jumps and raising $78,000 two years later.

Then in 2012, two months prior to his attempt at 300 skydives in one day, Burkart was involved in a serious snowmobile accident. He injured his spinal cord, leaving his left arm permanently paralyzed.

Not willing to give up, Burkart learned a new way to skydive with one arm by strapping his paralyzed limb to his body. In 2013, he got back up there and completed 151 jumps, raising another $135,000 for Parkinson's.

His next mission

Burkart will take to the skies again from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to 12:00 a.m. Wednesday at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin, according to the Perfect Jumps website.

The event will feature speakers, food, and activities for adults and kids, the release says. Burkart will be falling out of an airplane about every four minutes in his attempt to do 300 skydives in 24 hours – and to set the world record for one-arm skydiving.

Sofia Rocher, Public Relations at Guinness World Records told BringMeTheNews that there are currently no record holders for "most skydive jumps in one day", or any records by a one-armed skydiver, so Burkart could potentially break two world records.

Who benefits?

Perfect Jumps says the proceeds will be split between two Parkinson's disease groups: National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota and National Parkinson Foundation.

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, and about 60,000 are diagnosed each year, Parkinson's Disease Foundation says. And men are one and a half times more likely to develop the neurodegenerative brain disorder than women.

The cause of Parkinson's remains unknown, which has made finding a cure difficult, PDF said.

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