Big jump for charity
A daring sky jump for charity gave Waimon Thant-Cyn a broken hip, but she says it was all worth it.
The Pinehill, Albany, resident was born with the neuromuscular disease spinal muscular atrophy.
She was not diagnosed until the age of 10 when she moved to New Zealand from Myanmar.
The condition causes loss of motor neurones within the spinal cord and as a result muscles become weak.
‘‘I’ve always done things to the best of my ability and I’ve never used my disability as an excuse not to go for something that I really wanted,’’ she says.
She fractured her hip when she jumped from the plane and at first Ms Thant-Cyn thought it was just a pulled muscle.
The jump was a must on her list of things to do and although it took lots of intensive planning she still went through with it.
To do the jump, Ms ThantCyn had to wear additional foam padding, straps and some supportive braces.
‘‘Despite many of my physical restrictions, I love extreme sports and have pushed my body beyond its limits on more than one occasion,’’ she says.
Ms Thant-Cyn raised more than $2000 for Muscular Dystrophy Northern.
The funds will go towards youth programmes.
Her favourite part of the jump was the parachute ride and she says it was scary jumping out of the plane.
‘‘I felt emancipated without my wheelchair and free from having to worry about what others think about me – I didn’t have to please anyone – life seems quiet and simple for the short period in the sky,’’ Ms Thant-Cyn says.
She knew there was extra risk involved in her completing the j ump, but does not regret doing it.
‘‘When I was in the plane I remembered thinking that it was probably going to hurt badly but I hoped that I would live to tell the tale.’’
A must-do: Waimon Thant-Cyn of Albany, who uses a wheelchair, doing a sky jump for charity.