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Sky high wishes for twelve area children

Published On: Jan 20 2014 08:34:43 PM CST
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants hundreds of wishes nationawide each year.

Usually the wishes involve attending a sporting event or meeting a celebrity but today a group of children got to experience something different.

One of those kids was Connor Underwood.  We spoke to him before he went on his journey and the eight year old had only a few words to derscribe what he was about to do today.

"I feel so excited," he said.

He and 11 other children got to fly on a private jet.  But they weren't ordinary passengers.  They even got to sign the jet.

Joan Mazak, the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Colorado tells us how the partnership between the foundation and International Jet Aviation works.

"They call Make-A-Wish and we're allowed to come up with kids who want to ride in a Lear Jet," she said.

Today's trip is something exciting for a young man who has gotten a bad break in life.

"Connor has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  It is a fatal genetic disorder very similar to ALS (Amayotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)," said Liise Underwood.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is known for granting wishes to kids like Connor, but today's flight is above and beyond that.

Mazak said, "this is just something extra we get to do."

Mazak says that the most popular wish is to go to Disney World, but Connor wanted to go somewhere completely different.

 

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