Bourbonnais woman Katrina Shelby fulfills dying wish to skydive

In spite of the stubbornly cloudy skies, the folks at Rochelle's Chicagoland Skydiving Center waited patiently for hours on Wednesday to take her up.
October 24, 2013 5:35:13 AM PDT
What would you do if you were told you had only months to live? That's a question a Bourbonnais woman faces. ABC7's Michelle Gallardo was there to see one of the ways she answered that question.

Skydiving: an item on many people's bucket lists, but it was Katrina Shelby's dying wish to free fall out of a plane at 120 miles an hour. The 30-year-old mother of three is battling ALS.

"My latest doctor's appointment he said I'd be lucky to make it through the holidays. And that's border line now. One good infection and I'm done, I'm gone," said Katrina Shelby.

In spite of the stubbornly cloudy skies, the folks at Rochelle's Chicagoland Skydiving Center waited patiently for hours on Wednesday to take her up.

"We're extremely lucky and extremely blessed to be able to take them and be able to share this with them. It means a lot to us," said Jason Kane, Chicago Skydiving Center.

The Bourbonnais native was diagnosed with Lou Gerig's Disease three years ago, but even before then she'd already battled cancer twice. It's her hope that by doing something most people are afraid of she can be an example to others.

"I live every day as if it is my last and I make the moments like this the memories with my kids. I don't sit around and do nothing. Oh I have tomorrow, I have tomorrow. I don't have tomorrow," said Shelby.

Skydiving is a dream of a lifetime for Katrina. She and her mom wanted to do it together, but she died from ALS shortly after Katrina's 18th birthday.

"I was telling everyone, she'll be up there with me," said Shelby.


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