SWANTON, Ohio (WTVG) - The 180th Fighter Wing partnered with Make-A-Wish to give 12 families a preview of the flips, tricks, and dives of this weekend's air show.
The Haselman family was one of the 12. Six-year-old Luke Haselman is finishing up treatments for leukemia. He and his 5 brothers and sisters have never seen anything like what they saw Friday.
Cory Haselman, Luke’s dad tells 13abc, "We’ve never been to an air show, so this is our first one."
Make-A-Wish also brought 17-year old Isaiah Hickman to his first air show.
He explains, "The closest I've ever been is driving by. It's pretty cool, not something I'd do myself to be in the plane."
He says he doesn't let his cystic fibrosis keep him from living life as a normal 17-year-old. Hickman has a job and loves to drive cars and bikes. “I like to keep my speed adventures on the ground,” Hickman adds.
Linda Chaney has been with Make-A-Wish for 12 years, getting to know the kids and their families, and seeing them through treatments, recoveries and more. She says that the best part of the day, for the kids: "They love seeing these military members. If you hear all these kids talking when they see these military members, they're loving it."
Sgt. Josh Hartle with the 180th Fighter Wing volunteered to spend his day with the Make-A-Wish kids. He says, "At the 180th, they always encourage us to be part of the community and give back to the community and when i heard about this with the air show, I said 'absolutely, this is something i want to be part of.'"
And that's exactly what Sabrina Skaja says her son needed. "It helps boost morale for him,” she says. “And just to know that there are people out there that still care for him and think about stuff like that."
Her son, Jaxson, has been battling a brain tumor since he was three years old. He's been through a lot, but after seeing the airplanes fly, he calls himself one thing: