Jump of a lifetime for 2 octogenarians

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Jump of a lifetime for 2 octogenarians. Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on July 10, 2017. (WPVI)

Most people have a bucket list of sorts, something they'd like to achieve in their lifetime.

Eighty-five-year-old Frannie Lock, a grandmother of six, and 84-year-old Betty Diem are in the same balance class.

It was during that balance class at Wesley Enhanced Living that Diem, a former nurse in the Air Force, came up with an idea for their bucket list.

"I've flown a lot. So I've just never jumped out of a plane," Diem said.

That idea soon made its way to Lisa Haino, who's with the WEL Wishes program which helps seniors fulfill their lifelong dreams.

She didn't think twice about making it happen.

"If it's something that they want to do then we will encourage them. Age is just a number," Haino said.

Lock's children were present and supportive at the skydiving jump in Perkasie, though they were not exactly ecstatic about the idea.

"They're sitting right over there waiting for me to jump. They think I'm crazy," Lock said.

After months of planning, on Monday, they took the jump.

Lock and Diem admit, they don't exactly have a profound lesson or message to send out to others with this latest adventure.

"It's a little scary coming out of the plane," Diem said, before saying she would do it again.

In fact, to them, age never really was a factor.

Jumping out of a plane, quite simply, was something they just wanted to do.
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