Franklin woman skydives from plane, raises $1,500

Published 10:28 am Saturday, June 26, 2010

SUFFOLK—Darlene Ingle’s jump from an airplane 13,500 feet above the ground left her wanting to do it again.

Not necessarily for the thrill of skydiving, but the opportunity to raise money for cancer research.

Ingle collected more than $1,500 in pledges for Franklin-Southampton Relay for Life by making the June 12 jump from a plane above Suffolk Municipal Airport.

“It’s money for a good cause,” said Ingle, a cancer survivor from Franklin. “I’d like to get more people to do it with me next year.”

A friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the jump for the 52-year-old. Ingle in turn asked people to pledge her with donations to the American Cancer Society.

She called her campaign “Jump for a Cause,” and continues to collect money.

Her husband, Sammy Ingle, said he is proud of his wife, who won’t even ride roller coasters.

“At first, it was a little scary,” Sammy Ingle said. “I was in the 82nd Airborne and did a lot of jumps.”

Darlene Ingle said she was never scared.

“I just did it,” she said. “You don’t know you’re falling at 130 mph. You just feel the wind, and when he pulled the chute, you could hear a pin drop and you could see forever.”

Darlene Ingle also made the jump for her mom, Peggy Burgess, who has twice been diagnosed with breast cancer, and her husband, who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer.

Anyone wishing to donate to “Jump for a Cause” can write a check to Franklin-Southampton Relay for Life and send it to Certified Public Account Brenton Burgess at 101 S. Main St., Franklin, VA 23851.