Brave ACRF supporters skydive for cancer research Posted on August 7, 2015March 14, 2018 by Carly du Toit With Father’s day right around the corner, we’re looking back at some of the unique ways ACRF supporters have chosen to celebrate this special day. Last year the ACRF held a Father’s Day jump in Wollongong where an extremely brave and inspirational team of four siblings did the jump in memory of their father. As the year progressed we discovered how Father’s Day was just one of many reasons that our supporters chose to take on this challenge. Susanne Richter was inspired to raise money for Cancer Research as her grandma, grandpa and dad all fought different kinds of cancer. “My dad successfully fought prostate cancer,” says Susanne. “He is now well and enjoying his retirement but getting there has been really tough. I made the decision to jump for ACRF because there is still so much research that needs to be done to ensure that everyone’s story has a happy ending like my dad’s.” Susanne jumped with 10 other ACRF supporters who went above and beyond, raising more than $34,000 for world-class cancer research. “I am so happy to support such a wonderful cause and I am very proud of us and the incredible amount of money that was raised. This was definitely an experience I will never forget!” ACRF jumper and cancer survivor, Maria De Virgilio, shared her thoughts on why she took the plunge and how she feels that she is living proof that that cancer research will save lives. “Cancer does not have to be a death sentence, it’s an illness and it’s one we are getting better at fighting with new treatments, and support groups, and most importantly ongoing research.” She teamed up with her sister Teresa and best friend Vicky to celebrate her strength and pay tribute to her friends and family who also battled the disease. Where as Krystyna Pollard chose to make the jump as brave gesture in support of her mother’s fight against pancreatic cancer. “I hope that by flinging myself out of a plane I can not only raise money so someone, somewhere can perhaps find a cure for this disease, but so I can face some fear of my own and overcome it. Just like mum is,” says Krystyna. We are inspired by each and every one of these amazing Jumpers– we cannot thank them enough for their bravery, determination and generosity.