Skydiving Center trying to raise money for man's handicapped-accessible van

September 28, 2012
  • J. R. Sides and his wife, Kathy Sides, co-owners of the Skydiving Center at Chambersburg, Pa., are shown along with Randy Schroeder at the opening ceremony of the Mobility for Randy fundraiser.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — J.R. Sides and his wife, Kathy Sides, co-owners of the Skydiving Center in Chambersburg, helped kick off the Mobility for Randy fundraiser for  Randy Schroeder.

The fundraising event will help purchase a handicapped assessable van for Schroeder who is a paraplegic.

Schroeder had back pain in the fall of 2011 and had an MRI. It was determined that he had a blood clot on his spine. Surgery was scheduled in December to remove the blood clot and the result was permanent loss of the use of his legs.

 Schroeder started his skydiving career in 1979 by making his first jump in Chambersburg.

He really enjoyed skydiving and got his license. After 20 jumps, a license is issued. He went on to become a tandem instructor in 1985.

He has an array of accomplishments, including IAD (Instructor Assisted Deployment), AFF (Accelerated Free Fall), instructor examiner and FAA senior rigger. He is on the board of directors of USPA, or United States Parachute Association, holding the position of eastern regional director, which is an unpaid position. He has accumulated more than 160 hours of freefall time with a total of 10,556 jumps. 

 Schroeder has been helping others his whole life and now it's time to help him. If you want to contribute to the cause, make checks payable to Mobility for Randy, c/o Fulton Bank, 1764 Quentin Road, Lebanon, Pa. 17042.

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