Pilots, classic car enthusiasts raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – Hundreds of people came out to see dozens of planes and classic cars for a good cause. It helps kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

About 30 planes lined the Capitol City Airport to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We all believe that flying is pretty much a dream for many children and it starts at a very young age. It’s only natural that aviation community get together to support anything that’s related to children but especially the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Ken Uhlmann, a pilot who volunteered his time for the Foundation.

The Cargill Aeronautical Academy hosted the second annual Fly In/Drive In with all sorts of planes, jets, helicopters, and classic cars to help kids like 6-year-old Jackson Parks.

“He was born with a heart murmur, a cyst on his lung. He has a cleft lip and cleft pallet,” said Megan Freeman-Parks, Jackson’s mom.

Jackson was born with nephrotic syndrome also had a kidney transplant and more than 20 surgeries.

“For the Make-A-Wish Foundation, being able to help children that are in need of medical services, it’s just a really great cause,” Uhlmann said. “It’s a great thing to do.”

Last year’s event raised $5,600.

“If we didn’t have make-a-wish, there’s no way we could have taken him to Disney World,” Freeman-Parks said. “To be able to help other families to make their wish come true is amazing because I know what it did for Jack.”

Organizers hope to raise at least $6,000 this year to help local kids fly high and realize their dreams.

 

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