Jeffersonville cancer survivor completes bucket list with skydive from 10,000 feet
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -– Fourteen years ago, a Jeffersonville woman was diagnosed with cancer, and her doctor said she had four months to live. Now, she’s proof that you're never too old to follow your dreams.
"I have Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it's incurable," Mary Davis said.
But the 84-year-old is not letting that diagnosis defeat hear.
The mother of two, grandmother to six and great-grandmother to six says she's died twice. Once due to an overdose of the wrong chemo drug and then again following another allergic reaction to medication.
"You don't see God's face, it's just a light and he said 'not yet, go back, not yet, go back',” Davis said. “So I figured when he gets ready, he's gonna take me no matter what."
Mary's been cancer-free now for more than three years.
"I'm not afraid of death. I'm not afraid," Davis said.
That's why she decided to live adventurously and cross the final item off her bucket list - skydiving.
"That's the most exciting thing I could think of," Davis said.
On Friday she and some friends from church went to Skydive Kentucky in Elizabethtown. At 10,000 feet, Mary was the last in her group to jump.
"It wasn't scary, but it was weird," she said. "I've never had another feeling like that in my life."
Her orange scarf, wrapped around her face, kept her dentures right in place.
"I think he said we were going 135 miles an hour," Davis said.
With a Go-Pro strapped to her wrist, the free-fall was all caught on camera.
"I thought that maybe this is as close as I'll ever get to getting wings," she said.
Just a split second in the clouds, and then it was time to pull the cord.
"Then we were just floating, and that was the most wonderful feeling in the world," she said.
All of her worries were gone. There was no time to think about her cancer or remember the pain.
"I don't believe in fear," she said. "It's just stupid to be that afraid ... you don't have much faith in God if you live in fear."
Her ride back to Earth didn't take but a few minutes.
"And I said ‘why can't I just lay back and enjoy this?’ she said.
After she landed, Mary knew she wanted to do it again. And with a final smile, her bucket list was complete.
"I don't think there's anything else that can top it, but I'll try," Davis said. “I figure if I've lived 84 years and done all the things I've done, I'm one lucky son of a gun.”
Mary says she will skydive again next year with her granddaughter when she finishes nursing school.
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