CLEVELAND, OH - Kids in Flight provided dozens of children and their families free airplane rides at Burke Lakefront Airport Saturday.
The children have serious illnesses. Many are diabetic and have physical disabilities.
Today may have been their one chance to get a bird's eye view of Northeast Ohio, along with their families.
"To see the world from that perspective is a really empowering experience" said Maria Knausz, founder of Kids in Flight.
The flights lasted about 25 minutes. Planes departed from Burke Lakefront Airport, generally heading south towards the I-480 bridge in Valley View, and then returned.
Ten pilots and about one hundred other volunteers participated at the event.
Kids in Flight's mission is to use aviation to empower children with serious illnesses and disabilities and their families through flight experience and educational programs.