Panama City nursing home resident skydives for bucket list

updated-news-herald-logoIt was eight minutes Richard Mase will never forget.

Sunday morning, the 54-year-old Air Force veteran got to cross skydiving off of his bucket list.

“It’s always been right at the very top,” he said. “To put it politely, the only thing that topped the experience was watching my kids being born.”

Mase has moved from his Navarre home and is currently living at the Clifford C. Sims State Veterans Nursing Home in Panama City where is he is supervised by staff 24-hours for liver failure.

“I’m in the process of dying,” he said. “Skydiving was a release and escape from daily life.”

Social workers at the nursing home had applied for Mase to skydive with the Dream Foundation, an organization that fulfills final wishes for adults.

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