Ormond Beach man, 82, skydive for reasons close to his heart

Ormond Beach man, 82, skydive for reasons close to his heart

Ormond Beach, Florida, . The day before John Kranz turned 82, he descended into the sky to jump out of a perfectly fine plane.

“On Friday I’m going to go skydiving!” He said.

Skydiving is a hobby that Kranz chose only five years ago. However, Friday’s jump isn’t going to be about the suspense. He said it came for a special purpose.

“I want to jump in with the hope of spreading awareness (about) cerebral palsy and cancer as well,” he said.

Krans is a cancer survivor. His daughter Sherry Waller is currently battling breast cancer. His granddaughter, Lauren Waller, lives with cerebral palsy – a group of disorders that affect movement.

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“He adores his granddaughter and would do anything, even jump out of a plane to raise awareness. He’s really excited about it,” Sherry Waller said.

His family’s support is something that Wallers said Kranz said goes above and beyond.

“Hats off to him, man! You gotta get me off the plane!” said Lauren Waller.

Lauren Waller, 23, was told she would never walk or live a normal life but was pushed through physical therapy, having grown from a wheelchair to a dancer now.

When she was 12, she said she knew there was no federal funding for CP research and set out to raise the money herself by creating the Make Lemonaide Foundation.

“Like many diagnoses, CP is not a cookie cutter. It affects everyone uniquely,” she said.

Krans hopes his jump on Friday will raise money for her foundation that provides children with cerebral palsy prevention grants for physical therapy.

“We raise money to give other children with cerebral palsy the chance to lead a more normal life,” he said.


For those who cannot donate, the family is simply asking people for kindness and doing their research by talking to someone with cerebral palsy to spread understanding.

“We’re not really that different, just because our bodies might function a little differently,” Lauren Waller said.

For Krans, it’s all about living a positive attitude and taking risks to make a mark.

“I wasn’t nervous even the first time I jumped! I’m excited,” he said.

Krans will jump from a location in Plant City. He said he would take a video of the jump, post and share it, and ask people to donate to Make Lemonaide. If you’d like to donate, you can find the foundation’s website here.

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