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Update: Adaptive skydiver makes 101 jumps out of 300 goal in 24 hours

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Baldwin (WQOW) - News 18 first brought you the story out of Baldwin on Wednesday, where an adaptive skydiver defied gravity with a Menomonie pilot thousands of feet in the air.

Skydiver Kevin Burkart made 101 jumps out of his 300 goal. Burkart, along with Menomonie resident and pilot, Kerry McCauley attempted to make 300 skydives in 24 hours. But, highwinds and low clouds forced an end to the skydiving marathon around 8:30 Wednesday night. He said he's happy with having accomplished 101 jumps.

As News 18 reported on Wednesday, Burkart dives with only one arm. He lost his left arm in a snowmobile accident four years ago, but he hasn't lost his ability to help others. Burkart said Wednesday's event raised $128,000 for the National Parkinson's Foundation. Also, he said he beat his three minute flight and landing record with a time of two minutes and 54 seconds. Congratulations, Kevin!

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Baldwin (WQOW) - An area pilot and a skydiver is raising awareness about a debilitating disease, thousands of feet up in the troposphere.

Menomonie resident and owner of Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Kerry McCauley, and skydiver, Kevin Burkart, are attempting to make 300 skydives in 24 hours on Wednesday to raise awareness about Parkinson's Disease. Burkart is an adaptive skydiver, meaning he dives with only one arm. Burkart said he lost his left arm in a snowmobile accident four years ago, but he hasn't lost his ability to inspire others. Since Wednesday morning, he's been taking off and landing every three to four minutes.

"I hope I can inspire others, whether they're adaptive athletes or not, to make a difference and change the world and improve the world,” Burkart said.

Burkart said they hope to raise $100,000 by the end of Wednesday. Since his skydive mission started four years ago, he said he's raised more than $350,000. All donations will go toward the National Parkinson Foundation, which helps with finding a cure and individuals battling Parkinson's Disease.

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