An encounter between two men at a baseball game led to the fulfillment of a dream for cerebral palsy sufferer Alex Djordjevic. Djordjevic, 32 years-old, has been dreaming of one day being able to skydive since he was 18. Unfortunately, this was a dream he never thought he would realize, since he is wheelchair bound. Nevertheless, Alex never completely gave up his dream.
Then one day Alex’s job as an officer for Elite Security led him to a San Diego Padres game where he met John Reisdorfer, and event manager who was overseeing the Padres medical stand-by event crews. “We had known one another for years, and only recently did I learn about Alex’s wish to go skydiving,” said Reisdorfer, who is an avid skydiver. “As soon as I heard what he wanted to do, I knew I was going to do everything I could to help make it happen.”
Reisdorfer immediately got in touch with his friends in the world of skydiving. He wanted to make sure Alex got the best treatment possible. He even contacted the Padres’ nurse and La Mesa resident Maude DeKlerk. He wanted her to attend the jump while at the same time getting the Padres involved in the event. Reisdorfer was concerned that Alex would have medical assistance ready if such was needed.
“Alex is a very healthy and independent guy, and I was happy to partake in skydiving with him as a nurse and as his friend,” said DeKlerk. “I have never seen anyone so excited and happy, and the enthusiasm was infectious.”
“This was one of the most gratifying moments in my life that I will always remember and cherish,” said Reisdorfer. “For that one minute of free fall out of the airplane, Alex was as physically equal as any man, and I am so happy to have been able to be a part of that for that very special young man.”
Alex loved the experience, and is hoping he can make it a regular hobby which he can pursue for the rest of his life.
“It was an absolute life dream come true for me,” said Djordjevic. “For that moment of free fall, it was pure freedom, and I cannot wait to do it again.”