"We got up to the mouth of the plane and my foot was right at the edge and I thought, let's go! That was the most phenomenal part of the jump," says 69 year old Franky Janecky, "Leaving the airplane and that wind hitting you at 120 miles an hour, you think your lips are going to blow, fly right of your face."
The idea came from her 22-year-old granddaughter. It started as an adventure but Janeckey says it soon had a purpose.
"One of the attorneys I work with says, 'You know that's phenomenal. You're probably the first great-grandmother to do this. Why don't you do it for a cause?'" she tells.
So she picked a charity that was close to her heart, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.
In the 1950's Janeckey was working to support her three girls.
She was living with an abusive spouse.
"No one helped. There was no support because you didn't speak about it. You were the property of your husband back in those days," she says.
After suffering broken bones, she and her daughters escaped to Seattle. Decades later the memories still stir emotion.
"I try to forget all this but sometimes when it comes back it's really real," she says.
But she made it and now finds even more strength in daring adventures. She says the free-fall brought her pure joy. Especially knowing that she raised almost $1,000 for charity.
At 69 years old, she was brave enough to jump, and she hopes it will inspire victims of domestic violence to be brave as well.
"That's the message. Just get help. It's there. You don't have to live in that horror. Not anymore," says Janecky.
You can still make a donation to her cause:
Make checks payable to:
AVDA "Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse"
Aronberg & Aronberg Law Office
2160 W. Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445
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