Leaps for Love

By: CBS
By: CBS

A British man who lost his wife a few months ago is proving love has no limits. The feisty senior is putting his own health challenges aside to take a massive leap for love.

Walking with two canes, 93-year old Jack Hake is fulfilling a death-bed promise to his late wife Victoria.

"We were a family."

Before she died from a debilitating nerve disease, Jack said he would raise money for new medical equipment for her doctor and nurses.

"I said what about a parachute jump? And she said, oh that would be nice!"

And he promised to take his wife's ashes along for the ride.

"She said she had to come with me."

Jack carried them in a bag to orientation. The partially-blind retiree struggled in class.

Instructor: I want you to keep your legs up
Jack: I can't!
Instructor: Ok. Then put your arms out.
Jack: I can do this one, but I've got osteoporosis.

But he kept his sense of humor.

"I shouldn't say it, but I'm deaf and I couldn't hear a thing."

Jack, who has had triple bypass surgery and who has weak bones, says he isn't afraid to jump from 10,000 feet.

Jack and his tandem skydive instructor were all thumbs up before jumping.

"Whether the parachute opens or not, it's in the hands of he above."

The parachute did open, and Jack landed safely.

"I don't what the fuss is; I would do it again tomorrow."

Jack made good on his promise, raising more than $1,000.

Jack says he plans to do a charity "Sky Walk" - strapping himself to the top of a propeller plane - in June. You can track his fundraising efforts on Facebook by searching for "Jack's Jumping Page."


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