Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Giffords skydives on Jan. 8 anniversary, says it was 'Wonderful!'

ELOY, Ariz. - As a community remembers the shooting at a Tucson grocery store that killed six people and wounded 13 others three years ago, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- who was shot in the head -- is remembering by jumping out of a plane.

Giffords is both grieving and celebrating life in an extraordinary fashion. She took the leap at Skydive Arizona with her good friend and former Navy Seal Jimmy Hatch.

It's a feat that's especially impressive given that she lost motor functions and speech ability after she was shot through the brain. She faced countless hours of rehabilitation and therapy on her long road to recovery.

Congressman Ron Barber, also a survivor of the shooting, spoke of Giffords' resilience on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

"Congresswoman Giffords continues her remarkable recovery," Barber said. "Her perseverance and determination give hope to others and she's a true inspiration to the county and to the world."

For Giffords it's been a difficult recovery but as she suited up for the dive, she took to Twitter to reflect on her recovery and the significance of the third anniversary of the January 8th shooting.

"Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I'm stronger now. I'm winning back movement in my right arm," Giffords wrote in a tweet.

Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said that he's proud of his wife's bravery.

When News 4 Tucson asked Giffords' how the dive went, she responded: "Wonderful, wonderful!"

NBC's The Today Show will have the exclusive look on Thursday morning.


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