For the past seven years, Leslie Farkas has been diligently petitioning government agencies to secure permission to allow Skydive Wasaga to land their clients on a section of Wasaga Beach. Finally, that day arrived and on September 16th, the first client to land in the sand after her tandem skydive experience was Jane Cubitt of Wasaga Beach. What made this historical event so special was that Jane is an ALS survivor. A supportive group of 45 friends in t-shirts that said “Fly Fearlessly” cheered for Jane as she landed, then walked, hugged and cried for joy with members of her group and husband David Cubitt along with Skydive Wasaga owner Leslie Farkas. This historic skydive also raised funds and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rare neurological disease that primarily affects the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement (those muscles we choose to move). Voluntary muscles produce movements like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms get worse over time. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt or reverse the progression of the disease.
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