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Go to new heights in the fight against childhood cancer

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(MS) -- The thrill of skydiving is what draws thousands to this extreme sport on a regular basis. Taking to the skies and enjoying the rush of free-falling can make you feel more in tune with nature, connected with personal feelings -- or even help you raise money for a worthy cause.
 
This September, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, people worldwide have the opportunity to skydive with a collective purpose --
 helping to raise money for the thousands of children, and their families, living with cancer. This year's "Global Leap for Life 2011" (www.leapforlife.org) gives people the chance to join a worldwide skydiving fundraising initiative -- allowing them to "skydive for a cause" and raise money for cancer charities. Friends, family members and coworkers can make tax-deductible donations to sponsor a skydive and benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for all kids with cancer. In addition, people this year will also have the opportunity to skydive for another cancer charity, Strength for Life, a New York-based not-for-profit dedicated to empowering people with cancer and cancer survivors through exercise. 
 
As many know, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott who wanted to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Alex lost her fight with cancer at age 8, but since it's inception, ALSF has raised more than $40 million towards Alex's cancer cure dream. The foundation funds over 200 research projects nationally and teams up with many well-known organizations to raise awareness and money, now partnering with Leap for Life.
 
Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year in the United States and, worldwide, approximately 11 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year.
 
Millions of dollars are  needed to fund the intricate cancer research that attempts to find cures and treatment options for the myriad cancer types experienced each and every day. In past events, Leap for Life has raised nearly $60,000 for various cancer charities. Their goal is to surpass that tally this year and encourage skydivers from around the world to participate in a unique skydiving adventure.
 "For anyone who loves skydiving, or anyone who has always wanted to try it, Leap for Life is a great way to personally experience the excitement of being involved in one of the largest skydiving fundraisers ever undertaken, while also knowing that you are raising money for such an important cause," says Rick Collins, a NY-based attorney, fitness authority and co-author of the men's health and fitness book Alpha Male Challenge, who created the event in 2009 as a personal fundraiser in honor of friends and family members who had battled cancer. Collins raised more than $15,000 for cancer research that first year and grew the event into a worldwide fundraising initiative the following year. "Last year, we had more than 100 people who jumped with us in the fight against cancer, and I'm hopeful that this year even more people worldwide will join together as we all leap into action in the fight against cancer, and specifically, to help the many children and families affected by pediatric cancer."
 
More information about the 2011 Global Leap for Life, including links to arrange to skydive as part of the  initiative, is available at www.leapforlife.org. More information on ALSF or Strength for Life can be found at www.AlexsLemonade.org and www.strengthforlifeny.org, respectively. To make a $10 donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in support of Leap for Life,  text "Lemonade E74636" to 85944.