BENTON CITY, Wash.- The skies along the outskirts of Benton City were filled with planes soaring up to speeds over 100mph. These not so big planes can't carry passengers, but they can grant wishes.
High in the sky the planes navigated their way through the air, but without pilots on board. They were on the ground guiding their model planes by remote control. It was part of a ‘fun fly', a bunch of flight enthusiasts flying for a good cause.
Eric Kendall started Wings for Wishes, a group of remote control aircraft pilots that raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
"I can't afford to write a check to grant a wish myself, and I'm thinking…'gee I wish there was something I could do.' Well I fly," said Kendall.
Flying is an understatement; Kendall and his friends soar through the clouds with their planes. He was inspired by what the Make A Wish Foundation did for a family friend's son.
"He wanted to see snow, so what they did, they set him up in the mountains and he got to be a 5 year-old kid in the snow. He didn't have to worry about doctor visits and all the treatments and things like that."
By charging registration fees at their ‘fun fly' and selling tickets to raffles, they're making more sick kids dreams come true.
"You can see little bits by little bits that people raise are making smiles happen and bringing hope, strength and joy to a child with a life threatening illness," explained Leslie Woodfill, the Make a Wish Regional Co-Director.
Wings for wishes has 6 chapters, each in different states that hold ‘fun fly's' to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
"I mean it's what we do here, it's a lot of work and a lot of stress, but when you know you've helped a child out, you helped grant a wish or granted a wish, all the stress and worry...it goes away," explained Kendall.