05/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Skydiving For Brain Cancer Research: Cancer Survivor Takes To The Skies

In 2007, Sarah James was a successful, energetic 26-year-old, living and working in England -- until doctors discovered she had a brain tumor and needed an immediate operation. After surviving her surgery and beginning to recover a year later, doctors found another tumor.

This time, the prognosis didn't look promising for James; she was told she had only a five percent chance of surviving her second surgery. After receiving this crushing news, James planned her own funeral to spare her loved ones the burden. Before going into surgery, she said goodbye to family and friends, convinced she would never wake up again. Miraculously, just hours after surgery began, James awoke to learn her second tumor had been successfully removed.

Grateful for her new lease on life, James is participating in a skydive organized by nonprofit Brain Tumour UK to raise money to support brain cancer research.

Also participating in the skydiving event are mother and daughter team Jane and Katy Cottam, who were inspired to join after watching a beloved family member succumb a brain tumor.

Each of the women have a personal fundraising page to collect money that will be donated to Brain Tumour UK. The Cottams have set their sights on a £1,000 goal, while Sarah James is ambitiously hoping to raise £5,000 on her fundraising page.