Man, 70, does 70 skydives on his 70th birthday

Larry Ekstrom 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) A man did not let his old age come between him and his passion for skydiving.

For those who know 70-year-old Larry Ekstrom, taking it easy on his birthday would be unusual.

The option to celebrate his milestone birthday, skydiving, looked more appealing to him. The Madison Heights, Michigan man, jumped from a plane 70 times in 10 hours on Wednesday, and he did it all for charity.

"I land on the ground, step out of the harness, step into another and go back up," Ekstrom said.

He said it took eight different parachutes to complete his jumps, while his adrenaline rushed raising money for the Michigan charity called “Leader Dogs for the Blind”, an organization that provides guide dogs for the blind.

"My friend who works there is the manager," said Ekstrom. "I thought this might be a good one," he said.
Each jump began at 2,000 feet in the air, and it took about two and a half minutes to land.

Staff members of the Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Center welcomed on the ground, and helped him immediately to begin his next jump.



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