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80-year-old nun goes skydiving for the troops


"It was awesome," said Bob Walls after going skydiving for the first time.  He and five others jumped out of planes Sunday at Plymouth Sky Sports.  But this wasn't just for fun, they fell through the air for our troops.

Jan Houin with Operation Quiet Comfort said, "Our troops are asked to do things everyday that they're not comfortable with and they do that to keep us free so I can do this for them."  Houin has been a board member with the organization for years.  "We send care packages to honor and comfort our military men and women who have been injured while serving in harm's way."

She started this skydiving fundraiser for Operation Quiet Comfort last year.  Then she was the only one who jumped.  This year she found people to jump with her and raise even more money.

One of the jumpers is Sister Michelle, yep, she's a nun and Houin said, "Sister Michelle is 80 years old."

Sister Michelle Dermody showed up to a crowd of supporters ready for her to take the jump.  "I've been looking for something to do for the troops besides pray," said Sister Michelle.

She wasn't scared.  "They're jumping out of planes being shot at.  I'm just jumping out of a plane with great friends down here and I can wave to them."

She alone raised one thousand dollars for Operation Quiet Comfort.  But said her jump is about more than just raising money.  "I lost my only brother in the Navy in World War II in the Seabees...so I just want to do it for somebody else's brother or dad or husband."

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