Dana was an active community college student with a 3.9 GPA when she was diagnosed with a left sided temporoparietal brain tumor on Valentine's Day 2012. She awoke her family
complaining of the 'worst headache of her life'. As a freshman college student her parents thought for sure she had meningitis. They were soon to be proven wrong. A follow-up MRI
confirmed their worst fears, a brain tumor.
They headed to Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix,
into the awaiting arms of neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Barranco and
neuro-oncologist Dr. Lynn Ashby.
Two years later Dana suffered a tumor recurrence and her family prepared for the inevitable.
As part of her bucket list her family took Dana tandem skydiving at Skydive
Arizona. That experience changed Dana's outlook on life. For once she was without pain or fear of the unknown – there she was, in the moment, animated in spirit, thoroughly captivated by the
freedom of free fall. It was an experience that helped her family realize that everyone at some point in their life needs to face their fears and ‘jump at
Wanting to share the freedom of the air and the joy it
brings Dana and her dad founded Jump at Life in 2014. Here we are years later building something that will carry Dana's love of life and the sky to others.