Women who survived cancer paraglide — ‘Why not?’ | PostIndependent.com

Women who survived cancer paraglide — ‘Why not?’

Deborah Williams and Ruth Barber, who is in her late 70s, celebrated Williams’ 65th birthday by jumping from a mountain and gliding over the Roaring Fork River on Thursday morning. And why wouldn’t they? After all, they both beat the odds and survived cancer.

“When Ruth said, ‘Let’s go paragliding’ I thought, ‘Why not?” Williams said. The two met at the local cancer support group Walk and Talk, which meets weekly at Valley View Hospital. The group is for cancer patients, past or present as well as friends and family members to come together once a week and surround themselves with other people who understand the struggles of cancer.

“Its so beneficial to talk to other cancer survivors,” Williams said.

The Walk and Talk group was there to wave and cheer on the ladies as they landed after their glide down from the sky.

“Life is short, and you just have to enjoy it.”Deborah Williams

“It was so nice seeing these people out here waving and cheering us on,” Williams said. “It was so wonderful.”

This was Barber’s second time paragliding, however, both women said they would do it again in a heartbeat. “Life is short and you just have to enjoy it,” Williams said.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User