This is Chris Marckres and his insane story is about to rock your world.
DAILY MAIL - Chris Marckres, 47, went for a jump Saturday at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West Addison, as part of a bucket list wish spurred by a recent diagnosis of end-stage kidney disease.
Marckres lives his life in a manner that makes you re-think every little complaint that runs through your head on a daily basis: if he's not wasting his time complaining about the big things, why the fuck are you wasting your time complaining about the little things?
The bi-lateral amputee, who lost both of his legs more than a decade ago due to diabetic complications, told DailyMail.com that he was so consumed by the thrill of his free-fall that he didn’t realize his right leg prosthetic had detached mid-jump until seconds before landing.
"The instructor told me to get my legs in position for landing, but as I reached down to pull them up, I noticed my right one wasn’t there."
Think for a second how unbelievably scary it must be to falling from the sky and suddenly realize, "Oh shit, I'm missing a leg!" moments before you hit the ground after you've already experienced losing both of your limbs! My God.
To make matters worse, Chris said he only got the prosthetics two months ago.
The 47-year-old said he knew his insurance company wouldn’t cover the cost of the missing leg, leaving him with the choice of either paying $20,000 out of his own pocket to replace it or spend the foreseeable future bound to his wheelchair.
Determined to change his luck, Chris published a post to Facebook detailing how he’d lost his prosthetic and asked anyone in the area surrounding the skydiving school to keep an eye out for in their fields and on their land.
When he awoke the next morning his post had been shared more than 1500 times. Chris said he was inundated with messages from strangers asking him how they could help him. He told the dozens of Samaritans he would be conducting a search surrounding fields with his drone on Sunday, welcoming them along to help if they wished.
"The response was incredible, it really restored my faith in humanity," Chris told DailyMail.com. "I was struggling to hold back tears it was overwhelming. More than 100 people must’ve shown up."
Well, I couldn't hold back tears. The thought of 100 people showing up to help a complete stranger search for his missing limb was a little more than I could handle.
There's just so much negativity and garbage on social media platforms that sometimes you forget the world isn't filled with dickheads. So when social media reminds you of the good in people by facilitating their interactions and actually bringing people together, it's kind of magical.
Even if in this particular case the efforts of those 100 people were unsuccessful. Because it only takes one.
Soybean farmer Joe Marzalkowski was conducting his own search of his land a few miles away in Vergennes, having seen Chris’ Facebook post after it was shared by a mutual friend.
Joe searched the fields surrounding his property for more than two hours. He had been about to call it a day when he spotted a glimmer of metal sparkling in his field as he was walking back towards his home.
"I was very grateful to have found it without running it over with a machine this fall during harvest," Marszalkowski said. "Or, God forbid, the combine sucked it up — it would've destroyed it." (via NECN)
I'm no physicist, but I would think the odds of an object free-falling 9500 feet straight into the ground and NOT breaking in some sort of way are pretty slim. So the object surviving the impact without even the tiniest of dents? That's basically a miracle.
"It was just such a positive experience," Marckres said of having so many people help search for the leg or share his Facebook post widely to spread the word. "I can't thank everybody enough, especially Joe. We kind of take for granted sometimes how many truly good people there still are in the world."
Thanks for the reminder, Joe.