Man starts nonprofit to help seniors accomplish their bucket list adventures – “It’s all about making memories”
Life is a precious gift that should be celebrated every single day. But as we get older, we lose loved ones, we lose motivation, and sometimes, we lose hope.
But one compassionate man started a nonprofit that is adding hope and motivation back into the lives of seniors – It’s called My Jump! And it’s mission is simple – To seniors achieve what’s left on their bucket list.
Webb Weiman was 25 when his mother passed away after a decade-long battle with cancer.
After the loss, his father began to isolate himself and ceased living the vibrant life he once led.
“I’d come home and find my father alone in his dark bedroom,” Weiman said. “He was once so adventurous, but the loss just caused him to retreat.”
Weiman decided to intervene. He found his mother’s phone book and set his father up on a date. That date eventually led to marriage.
“It gave him a new lease on life,” Weiman said.
Through the experience, Weiman found a new passion: helping seniors achieve what’s left on their bucket lists.
Today, his nonprofit, My Jump!, has taken nearly 50 senior citizens on adventures.
“I tell seniors to live by two rules: There are no bad bucket list wishes, and everyone should have a bucket list wish,” Weiman said. “We are … showing folks they can do incredible things.”
In 2011, Weiman took his first participant skydiving on her 90th birthday. Since then, he’s helped seniors from across the country cross off bucket list items like skydiving, race car driving, parasailing and flying over the Grand Canyon.
“It’s seeing the spark in their eye,” Weiman said. “It could be stepping off a plane, off a Goodyear blimp, off a purple Harley. It’s just knowing what you’ve done made a difference in their life.”
Weiman arranges all the details for each participant—all they need to do is show up. His group films each experience and creates videos he calls Jumpisodes for the participant to share with their family.
“This organization is all about making memories,” he said. “Every time they land on the ground or get out of the racecar, it’s a memory that will stay with them. And it is part of their legacy that their families will remember for many years to come.”
Stay up-to-date with all the bucket list adventures by visiting the My Jump Facebook page.