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We are still taking PLEDGES and DONATED ITEMS until the end of the month, so if you missed out on contributing, there's still time!

hop and pop

interviews & articles
V100.3 Radio
Channel 49 ABC News
NBC Action News
Osage County Herald-Chronicle

who is Jeremy?
Jeremy made his first skydive in April 2005 and now has over 400 jumps. He coaches skydiving students & enjoys freefall photography when he's not flying his wingsuit. In his real job, Jeremy is a grant administrator and sits behind a desk all day. No wonder he needs some air!

See more photos in our gallery!

where will the donated items go?
We will continue to accept items from our wish list until the end of the month. These will be given to the Alliance Against Family Violence shelter serving Leavenworth County and to the YWCA Battered Women's Task Force serving Shawnee County.
Drop Abuse!Skydivers get a Jump on Domestic Violence
Every day, 53 acts of domestic violence are committed against women and children in Kansas …. That’s one incident every 27 minutes. To help raise awareness and funds, Skydive Kansas teamed up with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence to present this fundraising event. On Thursday, June 14, 2007, Kansas Skydiver Jeremy Struemph made 53 jumps in one day, marking the toll of 53 acts of violence in one day in Kansas.

state record
This marked an official state record for most jumps in one day as recognized by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Meet the plane

where will the money go?
The total amount of donations raised to date is $3,000, which includes some pledges yet to be collected. This money will go towards KCSDV's Domestic Violence Prevention Programs. Some of these activities include:
  • grade schools using a DV prevention curricula where kids learn what healthy behaviors look like
  • men against violence clubs
  • youth leadership development where kids learn about dv prevention and healthy relationship tools
  • trainings & presentations to teachers and school staff on dv prevention
  •  "Community Coordinated Response" which are citizens preventing dv within their communities
  • nationally known speakers on dv prevention (e.g. former football player Don McPherson)
  • CDC's Choose Respect media campaign and its podcast contest for kids

photo by Jeremy Gaston, Osage County Herald-Chronicle


This event could not have happened without the many people who helped coordinate behind the scenes with financial, logistical, or moral support!
the Pilot! Chris Hubbell, unsung hero who flew ALL 53 loads!
Em packingpackers: Zane Jafaar, Emily Reimer, Paul Visser, Troy Barnt, Bill Hubbell, Rick Gardner, Andrew Karnowski
equipment (rigs donated): Bill Hubbell, Emily Reimer, Rick Gardner, Jason Witt, Chris Crowder, Ron Peters, Jeremy's own rig, plus Troy Barnt who also let him put the first jump on his new reserve (unintentionally)
logistics: Herb Struemph for printing over 1,000 brochures on his own dime and time plus a wonderful steak dinner and a large financial contribution; "Official Counter" Turk Chapman, Mitch Favrow, Rachelle Head, Dena Gardner, & Nick Bennett who also helped pay for fuel, Martin Myrtle offering a backup plane that we didn't have to use!
thank you also to :
Skydive Store and Art who donated items for drawing
Karr's Golf Karts 1-800-748-7434 for sponsoring V100's live remote
Ottawa Music 785-242-4800 for sponsoring V100's live remote
LifeStar for sponsoring V100's live remote
High Flight Aviation for helping towards fuel costs
Air Capital Drop Zone providing a backup plane and significant donation
Barnt Chiropractic Clinic for a large donation

control wheelwhat is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. 70% of batterers abuse children. Rates of child abuse by batterers did not vary by race or religion, but were higher in families with higher income. In a single day, 564 adults and children in Kansas sought services from domestic violence agencies. On average more than 10 hotline calls are answered every hour. "These numbers are startling considering Kansas is an overwhelmingly rural state," said Sandy Barnett, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). "The census reminds us that we still have much more to do to achieve safe homes and safe streets. We are reminded of the five Kansas women who were apparently murdered by their former or current spouse or boyfriend since the census was taken in November." Batterers not only use physical and sexual violence to control their victim, they use economic control and emotional abuse as well. The Power and Control diagram at left shows the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner. Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by an array of these other types of abuse. This firmly establishes a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violencewhere can I find help?
If you or someone you know is in danger, PLEASE contact 911 or your local police. For advocacy, counseling and referral, contact:
  • the local domestic violence/sexual assault program in your area; for a list see 
  • the Kansas Statewide Hotline 1-888-END-ABUSE, or
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE
All conversations with advocates at these resources are strictly confidential.
You are not alone! In a single day, 564 adults and children in Kansas sought services from domestic violence agencies. On average more than 10 hotline calls are answered every hour.

facts & figures
#1 took off at 6am with a beautiful sunrise
#10 first fuel, "Yeah, it's a good time for a break!"
#16 malfunction: spinning line twists, hop & pop & chop!
#20 total jumps for Jeremy now 400!
#44 puking, but now we feel better!
#53 went to 7,500 feet, four way with Troy, Paul & Jen. We ended by 2pm. Total tach time used, exactly 6 hours. Fuel used, 76 gallons.

watching landingstories from the day
by Jen
The most touching donation I got was from an elderly lady who's friend drove her out to the airport, parked on the gravel road next to the runway, sitting there watching the jumps.  I ran out there, yes, as a beggar, hoping to add to our contributions. (I have no shame.) They had alot of questions, and they really enjoyed watching.  After I explained what we were doing, she pulled out a very neatly folded $20 bill, probably intended for something else very different.  I’m sure she’s on a fixed income but she immediately deemed this cause as something worthwhile for her to sacrifice for.  Who knows what allocation of budget that was for her. This lady was ecstatic when she found out there are “girl” jumpers, too, and she especially got a kick out of me bragging “I have more jumps than any of those guys over there at the hangar right now!”  Quite a good coincidence, Emily was boarding at that time to hop on a load with Jeremy, and this woman consecrated Emily with many words to launch her journey to the skies, with some “Bless her heart”s and “How sweet she is!” peppered as well with some trifling worry about her safety. 

by Turk
I think everybody did a wonderful job. I was amazed at how smooth everything went. Wished I coulda did more. Thanks to everybody who made that happen.
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