Meet the Team

Meet the President

Anthony deGreef

Anthony was brought on to the team as the Vice President while recovering from a skydiving injury. While healing physically, Sky Warriors helped Anthony heal his passion for the sport.

 

Bringing joy to those who are facing terminal illness has allowed Anthony to experience the joy of skydiving again and again in a way he never expected.

 

Anthony began skydiving at the age of 16 in July of 1995. He is a Tandem Instructor, AFF-I, coach and Pro-Rated Skydiver. He has over 10,000 solo skydives and 5,000 tandem skydives.

 

Outside of skydiving, Anthony is an accomplished dog trainer and father of two beautiful little girls. He is married to Aili, who also works with Sky Warriors. They live in Phoenix, Arizona with their dog Kira.

 

Meet the Founders

Dana and Carl Block

Sky Warriors (formerly called Jump At Life) was founded by Carl Block and inspired by his daughter, Dana Block- who is truly an inspiration to us all. The story of our charity begins on February 14 th,  2012- typically a day of love and good feelings-  when 18 year old Dana was diagnosed with a left sided temporoparietal brain tumor. She was treated at Barrow's Neurological Institute where the tumor was removed through a surgical procedure.

 

Two years later, the worst happened and Dana suffered a tumor reccurance. With the prognosis looking very bleak, Dana decided to accomplish something big off her "bucketlist": skydiving!

 

The feeling of freedom that Dana experienced was liberating. She was at once freed from the heavy burden of her aggressive tumor. Carl immediately saw the positive effect that free-fall had on his daughter and knew that they were on to something that needed to be shared with the world.

 

Carl formed Jump At Life in 2014 and has been the main driving force and passion behind the creation of this charity. Truly born out of a father's love, our charity aims to bring the peace and freedom that Dana experienced to  other young people who are facing life-limiting illnesses and conditions worldwide. 

 

Carl and Dana want to inspire everyone to jump at life!

 

 

Meet the Team

Melissa Dame

Secretary

Melissa supported this charity in it's infancy and was the first board member of Sky Warriors. Aside from being an integral part of our team, she is also an avid skydiver. Melissa began skydiving in 2012 and has since become a C-license holder as well as a coach! She loves sharing her passion for skydiving both in the sky and through this charity.

 

Dr. Dave Terry, DO

Medical Director

Dave is a general and vascular surgeon. He has been intricately involved in Dana's care. Dave made his first tandem skydive in November 2014 and began working with Sky Warriors in    . Dave helps determine if potential charity recipients are healthy enough to make a tandem skydive. Dave is very busy with his practice as well as a new baby girl! He loves sharing his passion for healing, helping others and skydiving through this unique charity.

 

Chris Farina

Treasurer

Chris has worked fulltime in skydiving as a RW coach for the past decade. He has been on various teams competing at an international level as well as coaching at an international level! He bagan skydiving in   . Before becoming a fulltime skydiver, Chris was in finance and it is these skills that he brings to Sky Warriors as well as his passion for this sport. He loves giving back to his sky family through working with Sky Warriors. 

 

Aili deGreef

Social Media Manager

Aili began skydiving in 2011 where she met and fell in love with her instructor, Anthony deGreef, the President of Sky Warriors. Although she no longer skydives, Aili brings a different passion to our charity. At 18 years old she became extremely ill and was given a very short time to live. Now diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and with her health under control, Aili enjoys helping this charity reach out to other young people facing serious illness  to give them the opportunity to jump at lif! She does this through spreading Sky Warrior's mission on our social media platforms and website. 

 

 

Anthony deGreef

President

anthonydegreef@gmail.com

 

Aili deGreef

Social Media Strategist

ailidegreef@gmail.com

 

Jump at Life, Inc.
1220 N. 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008

 

Email: info@jump-at-life.org

Phone: 786-530-JUMP (5867) 

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