Ky. man attempts to skydive 80 times in one day, break world record


by WHAS11

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 8:14 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Soaring 2,200 feet above the ground and flinging yourself from a plane.

"My favorite part is jumping out of the plane, waving goodbye to it, and being up there all alone. It's great,” Troy Woods said.

He's attempting to do it 80 times in one day.

"I don't even know how many times I've jumped. Maybe somewhere close to 50," Woods said.

Troy Woods has already broken the Kentucky record for most skydives in a single day. At around 1 p.m., Troy made his descent for the 41st time, breaking Bob Boswell's record of 40 jumps.

"It was time for someone to break it. I actually encouraged Troy to do it. I gave him all the information I could," Boswell said.

Troy isn't just jumping to break records; he's jumping for Jesse, a 17-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia. It recently went into remission and now it's back.

"Two Mondays ago we learned his cancer was back. We decided to do this, to raise money and hopefully lift his spirits a little bit too,” Woods said.

The skydiving site sits less than a mile from Jesse Scott's family farm. It's one of the places he loves the most.

"He knows this is happening. He wants to be here but they won’t let him out of the hospital bed," his cousin Marc Hourigan said.

Hourigan was in the plane Friday as Troy made a very special jump.

“The 45th jump was important because it's Jesse's baseball number and it's the chance of survival he was given in his battle with cancer," Hourigan said.

Jesse's motto: 45 will survive. Each jump, every landing means more money raised for Jesse's medical treatment. It's hope that one day Jesse can jump too.

"I love him. I can't wait to have my normal cousin back, just hanging out at the farm again," Hourigan said.

Donations are accepted at BB&T bank branches. The account is under Marcus N. Hourigan/Jesse’s Journey.