A Pint Sized Pilot For A Day

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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June 30, 2010

Today, Kamren Teague is a member of the 344th air briefing, where the nine-year-old from Wichita, is presented with his own flight suit. Then, it’s off to the flight simulator.

Like the airmen he’s with today, Kamren is also fighting a battle. His is with lymphoma.

"He goes to the doctor a lot, and a lot of doctors appointments. But he's doing good, real positive. He has been a real positive kid," Kamren's Mom, Rebecca Woolsey said.

And it’s programs like McConnell’s “Pilot For A Day” that helps keep kids like Kamren thinking positive.

"Everyone he meets here today is a friend, and we are glad to be a part of his life," Capt. Gabe Arrington said.

This is a rebirth of the “Pilot For A Day” program. It was put on hold after 9-11.

"We still have 60 or 70 percent of our people on the road, but we were able to start it back up. We will do this once every three months or every quarter." Arrington said.

That’s great news for kids like Kamren, who still isn’t sure he wants to be a pilot. But his Mom says he does talk a lot about joining the military. As for this experience, at McConnell, Kamren didn’t need a lot of words to describe his day.

"It was cool," Kamren said.

Kamren’s family has a fund set up for anyone wanting to help his family cover the mounting medical expenses. To help, you can go to any Wichita Commerce Bank location and just mention that you’d like to help Kamren Teague.

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