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PERRIS, Calif, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of Jump for the Cause have issued the following statement:
"Shannon Embry, 40, died yesterday while making a skydive. An experienced skydiver, Shannon was from Tennessee. She was participating in a Women's World Record attempt, Jump For The Cause, a breast cancer fundraiser. After an uneventful skydive, her main parachute malfunctioned and for reasons unknown, she was unable to jettison her main parachute and open her reserve parachute. She gave her life while trying to save others. Shannon is mourned by her sisters on this skydive, skydivers worldwide, and by her friends and family."
Before the event started, skydivers were asked to explain their participation. Shannon's statement reads: "I am very lucky in that I do not have a personal story related to cancer. But I believe that all of us should do whatever we can wherever and whenever possible. Doing something you love like skydiving and using it to combat something as hateful as cancer, seems like a win-win situation."
Jump for the Cause participants have unanimously decided to commemorate Shannon by resuming their attempts to set a new world record. After this morning's memorial service, close to 140 women from around this country and the world will try to build the world's largest women's skydiving formation. Participants hail from Japan, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Norway, New Zealand, and Russia and from most of the 50 United States. The formation is considered a world record when it is held for at least three seconds to break the previous Women's World record of 118 Women (achieved by Jump for the Cause in 1999).
The event aims to raise over $1,000,000 for breast cancer research. Participants have been working to raise money by selling t-shirts, pins and hosting events. Jump for the Cause was founded by Mallory Lewis and Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions and Kate Cooper and Tony Domenico of Square One Parachute Sales.
Hood has filmed numerous skydiving sequences for major motion pictures as well as many national television commercials. Lewis is an Emmy Award winning television producer and now works with her mother's (Shari Lewis) famous puppet, Lamb Chop.
Cooper and Domenico are two of the sport's most experienced record event organizers and were key organizers on the last three World Teams. Both are multiple World Record holders, national competitors and medalists, and are much sought after as large formation trainers and key organizers.
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