Update on BJ (Blind John Fleming)

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John Fleming "Blind John" or BJ, is the most experienced blind skydiver in the history of the sport. BJ has made almost 2,000 skydives, over 1,200 of them since losing his sight. If you have been a skydiver on the west coast over the last few decades you have probably met BJ, or at least heard stories of his courage and kindness to everyone he meets.

In November 2015 BJ was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He has been working closely with his doctor since then, but this month (March 2016) he has started Chemo. His prognosis is dire, but the spirit and tenacity that he lead his life with continues with his biggest fight yet.

We are throwing a birthday party for BJ at Beagle Sky Ranch in Medford, OR on April 23rd, 2016. The first ever Blind John Boogie. This will be a small boogie, probably one Cessna, but Beagle Sky Ranch was one of John's first drop zones.

The reality is, this will probably be John's last birthday. His doctor has told him he should be able to make the party, but he will be very weak.

We have set up a gofundme site for BJ, (search John Fleming) and so far it has been very successful. I talked with BJ last night, and he was overwhelmed. Obviously the costs associated with his fight are increasing, and a little extra cash can help ease some worries for BJ and his wife, Darian. If you can help financially or by just sharing the link, please consider doing so.

I realize I may be in the gray area of forum rules, in asking for donations in general, but BJ in in the fight of his life, and i know there are many that would like to give him some help.

Mike Burrill


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