Kids With Chronic Illnesses Get A Chance To Fly

Some Eastern Carolina kids with chronic illnesses got a chance to forget about that for a few moments Saturday and take a special flight.

The "Free To Be Me" flying event took place at the South Oaks Aerodrome in Winterville. The event gave the kids a chance to see the Eastern Carolina sky.

Eight local pilots volunteered their own planes and time.

Over two hundred people attended the event and over fifty kids were signed up to fly.

Event director and pilot Mike Roberson said, "The first child that went flying a few minutes ago, I literally teared up, and everyone around me was tearing up because everyone's hearts are pouring out for these children and what they're going through battling cancer and other illnesses that they're battling."

Pilot George Tamvakis said, "A lot of people are not able to be exposed to something like this, so for us to be able to do this and we do it several times a year, is very important."

Organizers plan on branching out to make the event state wide.

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