Brave enough to jump from a plane

Published 7:54 am Friday, June 11, 2010

Darlene Burgess Engle won’t ride roller coasters, but she’s willing to parachute from an airplane to raise money to fight cancer.

A cancer survivor, Engle will make her leap at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, from Suffolk Municipal Airport. A friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the jump for her. Engle in turn is asking people to pledge her with donations to the American Cancer Society.

The 52-year-old Franklin woman, who participated in last weekend’s Franklin-Southampton Relay for Life, calls her campaign “Jump for a Cause.” Checks can be written to Franklin-Southampton Relay for Life and sent to Certified Public Account Brenton Burgess — no relation to Engle — at 101 S. Main St., Franklin, Va., 23851.

“If I’m brave enough to beat cancer, I’m brave enough to jump from this plane,” Darlene Engle said. “We need to do all we can to find a cure for cancer.”

She is also doing this for her mom, Peggy Burgess, who has twice been diagnosed with breast cancer, and her husband, Sammy Engle, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. Darlene Engle recently buried a friend who died from cancer.

n Between 250 and 300 people attended the recent customer appreciation day at Windsor Hardware and Supply.

“We had a line winding through our garden center when we first started serving at 11,” said Tammy Edwards, who co-owns the store with her husband, David.

The Edwards cooked a whole pig and served barbecue, low country boil, potato salad, chips and rolls. Unlike last year’s event, when they ran out of food, there was plenty left. Leftovers went to Genieve Shelter in Suffolk.

“We had a lot of customers and some people who just happened to stop,” Tammy said.

Four generations from the Babb family stopped, including Jimmy Babb; his sons, Leslie and Bryan Babb; and Leslie Babb’s son, Jamie. Tammy said she only knows Jimmy Babb’s father as Mr. Babb.