Charity gives kids chance to experience flying a plane

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BAYTOWN, TX – Some children had the chance to take a flight out of Baytown Airport that they won’t soon forget.

“We’re going to be taking a lot of kids up for flights around. For a lot of them it’s going to be their first experience in a light plane,” said Jonathan Wegner the Lifeproof Communications Director.

The charity Around The World For Life was started by Theodore Wright.

“We do airplane rides, discovery flights as their called, for children with cancer,” Wright explained. “I was doing medical relief flights, and I said ‘we have to something more for these kids.'”

Wright wanted to share his passion for flying with the children.

“It’s basically for any kid that wants this opportunity that wouldn’t normally have it,” Wright said, “so we’re putting them in the airplane, letting them grab the controls and see what it’s all about.”

Jaci West wants to take control of a plane immediately.

“I think right now would be a good time to fly a plane, but I would want to fly a plane when I get older for sure,” the 11-year-old said of the experience.

Wright went on to say, “Some of them it will just be a great day for, but a few of them it will change their life the way that my first flight changed mine.”

It’s sure to be a life changing experience for 8-year-old Ali Al-Maliki.

“I really want to be an astronaut when I grow up, so really I’m going to fly a plane so the first step I can learn how to be an astronaut,” he said as he waited to board a plane.

With Lifeproof’s donation of $25,000, even more children will get this once in a lifetime experience and have their flighty dreams come true.


  • carol russell

    wow i think this is great. i know a little 3 year old boy who would love this opportunity. he loves planes and trains. his first train ride was to go to nyc for treatment for his retinoblastoma. he is yet to ride a plane.

  • kathleena rock

    what a wonderful idea.Helping and teach children. i am sure getting to take a flight and experience the thrill of the sky will change many children’s life. i believe it is a great service to the community

  • estarteg

    I think this is a good idea and a great way to provide these children with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, despite thier current conditions. This project is similar to the way that the Make-A-Wish ( foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. The organization was founded in 1980 and now grants over 200,000 wishes every 40 minutes!! I am a student at Temple University and this semester I have been working towards raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Our goal is to raise at least $1000 for the organization. We look forward to our hard work and donations go towards granting wishes for children like your organization does. Check our our facebook page @!/tumake

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