Nursing Home Takes Wheelchair-Bound Resident Skydiving

  • 10/9/2018 5:48:09 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Chuck Tucker, a 59-year-old resident of Crystal Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mansfield, did not let his disease prevent him from jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet with his friends on Monday, October 8th, 2018.

Tucker has been a resident of Crystal Care for about five years but has been living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since 1990. MS is a rare but debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system, potentially causing a variety of symptoms like pain, weakness, loss of mobility, tremors, blindness, and more. For Tucker, it means he is paralyzed in both legs and on his left side.

His long-time nurse, Candy Turner, was the mastermind behind the dive. She jumped on her birthday and saw a person with paraplegia jumping as well. Remembering the stories Tucker had told the staff over the years of all the things he loved to do in his youth, she proposed he jump too.

It took about a year for everyone to get on board, but when Tucker finally made the jump, he was accompanied by his nurse as well as his son, Rick Tucker, and the CEO of Crystal Care Jerry Smith. Occupational therapist Jen Krupa tagged along for support.

They made the jump with Start Skydiving in Middleton, and Tucker says he wasn't scared at all. In fact, he would even do it again. When asked why he would jump again, he simply replied: "Why not?"

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