A group of people with spinal cord injuries visited iFly Virginia Beach to experience what it feels like to skydive.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Two dozen people with spinal cord injuries left wheelchairs firmly on the ground as they floated above it Saturday.
The participants had a chance to fly within the facility’s wind chamber which produces wind speeds of more than 120 miles per hour.
“I was afraid of the wind in my face, but I told myself that I’d been through a little bit worse, so I got it in the bag,” said one of the skydivers who was hurt in a car wreck on Christmas Eve 2015.
“Here, we’re out of our chair, looking at the world in a different way,” said another person who also noted that the activity helped the world see paralysis in a different light.
The group hoped to inspire everyone who is able-bodied or living with a disability to approach challenges in a new way and to understand that success comes down to a person’s willingness and desire to create a doable approach followed by the willingness to try.
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