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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Such a Fun Day at Sky Kids

Today we attended the Sky Kids event for the first time and LOVED it!  It was so much fun! 

Sky Kids is an event put on once a year where kiddos with special needs are given the opportunity to not only fly in a plane, but also to help fly it.  It is amazing!

Ramya and David got to ride in a helicopter flown by Bruce Haffner from news channel 3.  Ramya loved getting to ask questions and help fly.  David said she asked a LOT of questions, and she sure was beaming afterwards!






I wanted to ride with Madi just in case she had a seizure (thank God she didn't), but I will admit I was a little jealous of them riding in a helicopter!  

Madi was afraid to sit up front and fly so Conner got to help fly our plane.  Our pilot, Roger, was so sweet with the kids and Madi kept him cracking up.  He had told them that they could wear headsets and tell jokes that I couldn't hear.  I heard Madi saying, "Over and out Roger, and that's not a joke, that's what you say when you fly!".  The entire plane ride she gripped the mic on the headset and said random numbers and jokes.  Conner was on cloud 9 getting to fly and was grinning from ear to ear the entire time.  





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I think this just about sums up how Madi felt about flying....


They really thought through every detail.  They gave the kids pilot wings after the flew, they had activities set up for while you waited to go up, and they had lunch for you when you were finished.  

The Goodyear Fire Department came and let the kids look around a fire truck and sit in it....







The SWAT team came and let the kids check out their gear and huge SWAT truck...




Miss Arizona (who also won Miss America one year) came and brought the kids suckers and tiaras.... 


There were therapy dogs to cuddle with and pet....



The Phoenix Suns gorilla made an appearance...


And there were even storm troopers!  Some of them had some pretty good dance moves too...






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Oh, and the kids were enthralled with the yo yo masters that came...




Everyone was really helpful and truly went out of their way to make sure the kids had a good time.  I'm sure it took a lot of hard work to bring the whole day together and we really appreciated it.  It was such a wonderful experience!  Thank you Sky Kids from the bottom of our hearts!





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