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A New Way To Fly

CBS News This Morning Field Correspondent Jose Diaz-Balart is always looking for fun and adventurous things to do.

Now, he's trying a new invention that is not just fun for some people, it can also give them a new outlook on life. It is called Parabounce.


The concept is simple. The equipment consists of a helium-filled balloon and a harness, which together will give anyone the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bounce.

Diane Leonard, 72, is a breast cancer survivor who takes part in marathons to promote breast cancer awareness.

After just one go in the Parabounce, she plans to make her elder friends aware of what a thrill you can get in the sky. For both physical and emotional therapy for seniors, there is nothing like it.

"It's a breeze. It's so easy. You don't do any work and yet you benefit from the beautiful view, looking down at all you teeny tiny people. It's fabulous," says Leonard.

The Parabounce is even more important to someone like 9-year-old Victor Padilla. He was born with a joint disease that has kept him in a wheelchair all his life.

"I've always had this thing about flying... I really wished I could fly anywhere, be like Superman... Being in the balloon, it's like having a dream come true," he says.

Victor is not the only one who's elated when he's flying. It makes his parents feel pretty good too.

"He feels like he's completely free. No walker, no wheelchair, no braces for him. He's just flying. It's pretty amazing for us," says his mother, Elena Padilla.

If Victor had his way, he'd just keep floating forever.


The Parabounce is designed for anyone who weighs between 60 and 260 pounds and is in good health.

For more information visit the Parabounce or One Giant Leap Web sites.

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