Retirement Community Makes 90-Year-Old's Dream a Reality

10:45 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Asheboro,NC - 12,000 feet up and nowhere to go but down. Parachuting is not for the faint of heart and isn't really something you'd expect a 90-year-old to do. But one Asheboro woman was determined.

"Yesterday was the day, they said the weather was fine and the airplane is here! Let's go!" explained Jacqueline Wright.

Wright lives at Cross Road Retirement Community in Asheboro. She hasn't been there that long but once word got out that parachuting was on her bucket list, the retirement community got to work.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to Ms. Wright Friday.

"I'll be 91 in December... No 90, I don't know, you figure it out!"

90-year-old Jacqueline Wright has trouble remembering her age, but where memory has failed her, she makes it up in spunk.

"I wouldn't have done it if I'd been scared!" said Wright.

"I want to be like her when I get to be 91 years old," said Harold McManus.

McManus is the executive director of Cross Road Retirement Community in Asheboro. A few years ago, he started a program called Dream Makers.

"We basically have our different staff members talk to them and when somebody says well, 'I'd love to be able to do this,' we take that idea, present to the committee that we have established, and try to make it work," said McManus.

After a couple training courses and a green light from her doctor, Wright headed to the Raeford Airport with her family in tow and jumped out of an airplane. In case you forgot, she's 90-years-old.

"I could see a lot of trees and water and stuff down there! Sure, it was impressive, very impressive," said Wright.

"We are going to try to make a dream come true, if they tell us what it is, we're going to try our best to make it come true," said McManus.

He has sent his seniors to Graceland, the beach, the Biltmore and even to Canada.

"One lady just wanted to go see her husband who was seriously ill, another lady wanted to go see her sister who she hadn't seen in maybe 10 or 15 years," explained McManus. "So it's not only trips, it's those dreams that you think will never come true again, and they're coming true."

There is no budget for Dream Makers. McManus says whatever the cost, they figure out a way to raise the money.

Dream Makers is only for the people who live in the retirement community.

WFMY News 2

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