Treasure Valley man skydives for Alzheimer's awareness

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 20:55:45-04

Jump out of a perfectly good airplane? For one Treasure Valley man the answer is absolutely, so long as it’s for a good cause.

Jim Johnston the Wellness Director at Touchmark Retirement Community decided he'd skydive for the first time to bring attention to Alzheimer's disease.

Johnston mom died of Alzheimer's, so for him jumping was a way to honor her as well as an effort to get over his fear of heights.

"I would say I put a real good dent in it.  Heah.  And we raised a lot of money to help Idaho Alzheimer's Association which is the most important goal,” said Jim Johnston Touchmark Director.

Many residents from Touchmark watched Jim take the plunge and donated close to $2000 to find a cure for Alzheimer's.

Touchmark says more than 80 thousand Idaho family members are caring for loved one's with Alzheimer's.