Rosebud Gard seeks second skydiving jump

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By Emily Rittman

HENRIETTA, Mo. (KCTV/CNN) - How did you celebrate your last birthday?

No matter how old or young you are, chances are, your celebration wasn't as unlikely as one Missouri woman's. Instead of blowing out 90 candles on her birthday cake, she jumped out of plane. It won't be the last time she makes the big leap, either.

"A couple of years ago, I got to thinking, 'I really would like to skydive,'" said Rosebud Gard.

At 90 years young, Gard did just that.

"I'm fine, you guys, but they kept asking me, 'Are you okay, are you okay?' It was marvelous! I was not afraid. I was not scared at all,'" she said.

Of course, a few of her friends were a little nervous about her crossing skydiving off her bucket list.

"She had her car all ready in case I fell and broke my leg or something to take me right to the hospital," said Gard.

Instead, Gard landed perfectly.

Her adventure inspired others. Gard and her grandson will soon skydive together. She plans to go again before she turns 92.

"I just wanted to do it again. I just kept telling everybody," she said.

Gard also inspired members of her church to take the leap from miles above.

"There will be six of us this time. Not just me," she said.

And if you think Gard's a one-trick pony on the extreme adventure front, think again. She's already been parasailing and ridden in a hot air balloon.


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