children and their families tour the AirVenture grounds. Photo
by Jim Busha
are being answered for a handful of children who have life-threatening
medical conditions. For the fifteenth year in a row at AirVenture, EAA
and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin are granting the wishes of
children with life-threatening medical conditions and will provide a
fun-filled day for these very special children and their families.
years ago, Make-A-Wish was celebrated on Thursday and sometimes only a
parent and the child could come. Now it’s celebrated on Saturday and
the whole family can come and enjoy the experience together while
keeping the child the main focus, explained Randy Hansen, EAA
Pavilion staff is the escort of the day with Dave Grantham, U.S. Customs
pilot and host. A special tram will take
Marcus, Joshua, Haden, and their families around the grounds to many
events planned especially for them. The day starts off with a flight in
EAA’s Bell 47 helicopter, a tour of the Goodyear Blimp, a flight in
the EAA Ford Tri-Motor where they will become Young Eagles, and an
is at the EAA Air Academy Lodge where Tom
Poberezny will make a special visit to formally celebrate the fifteenth
anniversary of the EAA/Make-A-Wish Partnership. "EAA is proud that
for the past 15 years it has been able to provide some unique
experiences for the Make-A-Wish young people and their families,"
says Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "These
experiences have been just as special to all of us who have participated
as they have been to the Make-A-Wish families who have been part of it
here at Oshkosh."
concludes with the afternoon air show. The kids get special seats in the
performers’ tent to view the show, and they are able to meet air show
we can’t make a kid healthy, we can make them happy," said Jackie
Vervoort, Field Office Manager for Make-A-Wish.
years some great memories have been made. One in particular was when the
partnership between EAA and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin became international.
In 2004, Raviv Yalosky, from Tel Aviv, Israel, became the first
international youth to make the air show a dream trip.
fifteenth anniversary also marks the first visit for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Wisconsin to AirVenture. Patti Gorsky, president of
Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin will be attending.
Holiday Inn Select
Appleton provides snacks for the event and all international children
stay there as guests during AirVenture.