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Longview woman celebrates 85th birthday by skydiving

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GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas woman decided to treat herself on her 85th birthday to skydiving.

Sue DeCostanza, a resident of Buckner Westminster assisted living in Longview, wanted to give herself something special for her 85th birthday. Her choice? Skydiving.

"I saw that skydiving and I thought, that’s something neat. I'd like to do it," Sue says.

She went through briefing at Gladewater’s East Texas Skydive, and prepared to go up, to the amazement of her friends.

"Well, when she told me, I said 'are you kidding me?' I said, 'Sue! It might not work. Good luck Sue,'" says Sue's neighbor, Zelda Johnston.

"Everybody asks why? I just want to do it," says Sue.

Then, it was time to fly- 10,000 feet up, and time to jump.

"In general the last few years, we've had quite a few older people come out and jump. I think it’s really exciting, a person 85. I just hope at that age I can do any kind of physical activity like that," says sky-diving instructor Lee Todd.

Sue believes it's never too late to do what you want.

"It was wonderful. I felt like a bird," she says.

The Gladewater mayor presented her with a commemorative coin of the city.

"I'm relieved that everything went so well and I'm glad she had a good time," says Sue's son, Victor DeCostanza.

East Texas Skydive says anyone who wants to jump must pass a physical requirements screening.

On her next birthday, Sue told us she wants to travel to the far east to see the Great Wall of China.

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