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(Jan. 8) Today's Top Headlines - Giffords will sky-dive to mark three-year anniversary of shooting

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 9:10 am

Gabby Giffords will achieve an important milestone on her road to recovery this week, sky-diving to mark three years since the Tucson, Ariz. shooting that injured her.

"Today, Gabby Giffords is going to do something that is incredibly courageous and inspiring and a little bit surprising — she's going to sky-dive here in Arizona to commemorate the three-year anniversary and all of the progress that she’s made," TODAY's Savannah Guthrie said by phone Wednesday from Tucson.

"She is an incredibly brave person. She’s someone who used to love to sky-dive before this shooting took place. She hasn’t done it since."

The jump will air in a TODAY exclusive on Thursday. Guthrie said she will join her in the plane from where she will jump. "I will get to watch. This is Gabby's moment."

The former Arizona congresswoman, who was gravely wounded in a mass shooting in 2011 that killed six and injured 12 others, will also share how she finds the personal strength to continue to triumph over adversity.

Giffords, 43, has been hard at work on her recovery since she resigned from Congress in 2012 following the attack, and she and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, have since been vocal advocates for stricter gun laws.

Giffords will have both Kelly and her mom with her when she makes the jump.

"She’s going to jump with a Navy Seal that she's really formed a friendships with," Guthrie said. "This is somebody she’s jumped with before, somebody who was later injured in Afghanistan."

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