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Daredevil Tori takes the plunge to beat cancer
A DAREDEVIL dance teacher will plunge to earth for an adrenaline-fuelled stunt to beat cancer.
Southampton-based tutor Tori Caine will hurtle an eye-watering 12,500ft for a mass sponsored sky dive at the Army Parachute Association, in Netheravon, Salisbury, on Saturday, September 21.
Students from her Tori Caine School of Dancing are among the 30 people joining her and there is still time for more thrill-seekers to sign up for tandem jumps. It is in aid of the Pancreatic Liver and Neuro- Endocrine Tumours (PLANETS) charity which raises awareness of the two aggressive cancers.
Southampton General Hospital surgeon Neil Pearce and cancer survivors are among those who will witness stunning views of the region including Stonehenge, the New Forest and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
Tori, who lives in Crabwood Road, Maybush, passed her skydive licence in March and will jump solo.
She said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to try skydiving in a fun and safe environment, while raising money for a good cause.
“It was awful when mum was diagnosed but she has got through the dark days and she couldn’t have wished for a better hospital.
“I want to give something back and raise awareness of the illness and the charity.”
Pancreatic cancer is particular deadly because there are very few symptoms and people usually have little time after they are diagnosed.
Apple founder Steve Jobs is among those who have fallen victim to it.
PLANETS founder Layla Stephen, from Clanfield, who received lifesaving treatment for NETS said: “This is a big killer and it happens so quickly so we need to get out there and raise awareness.”
Previously the Daily Echo revealed that 13,000 people in Hampshire died from the four major killers of cancer, heart disease and stroke, and lung disease and liver disease between 2009 and 2011.
Our Staying Alive campaign encourages people to improve their diet and take up more exercise to stay healthy.
Supporting our initiative Tori said: “Anything that raises awareness of illnesses is very important and if people know the symptoms they can educate themselves about it.”
The event starts at 8.30am and participants must be over 16 and set aside the following day in case jumps are delayed due to weather and cloud cover.
There will also be a barbecue, children’s games and a sponsored bouncy castle bounce competition in aid of the charity for those too young or unable to jump.
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