Chattanooga Airport Helps Make A Wish Come True
May 16th, 2012
Imagine how you would feel if you were just eight years old and had been fighting a life-threatening bleeding disorder all of your life. You get the good news that the folks at Make-A-Wish are sending you and your family to Disney World, but the trip will require you to fly in an airplane for the very first time – a scary thought for a boy who has already faced down a lifetime of scary thoughts in his eight years.
Meet Korbin, an awesome kid from Sequatchie County, who wished for a trip to Disney World.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee recently told him he was getting his wish but he had never flown before and was a little nervous about his flight to Florida, courtesy of the Chattanooga Airport. We strongly believe that education and information build confidence, so we gave Korbin and his baseball buddies a crash course in aviation.
Last Saturday, we threw a Disney-themed pizza party at the Wilson Air Center, and Crystal Air brought out one of their planes for Korbin and his family and friends to tour. They got to crawl inside the plane and Brian Schussler gave Korbin his first flying lesson…from the safety of the tarmac, of course!
Then the Airport's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team gave the group a tour of the unique green airport fire trucks. Korbin learned all about the training and safety focus involved in the firefighters' jobs. And he got to shoot the water hose!
The little Super Star even made it onto the local news.
We are so proud of Korbin's fighting spirit and it was an honor for us to meet his family, who fight alongside him every day. We hope you all have an awesome time at Disney and tell Mickey we said "hi!"
Did you know that most of the wishes the Make-A-Wish Foundation receive involve air travel and that you can donate your unused frequent flyer miles to the Foundation? To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee and how you or your organization can get involved visit them at http://wishetn.wish.org/.
Posted by Sarah Stephens
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