- Fly-Hope-Dream is the legacy of a very special boy – Timmy Williams. Born with a congenital heart condition in 1996, he passed away in 2008, following a long battle with a rare condition called Pulmonary Hypertension. He was just 11 years old. An audacious, fun-loving dreamer, Timmy’s motto was “Dream BIG”. Timmy’s Dad quickly saw the unique potential of open-cockpit flight for uplifting the spirits of those facing difficult circumstances. And so, Fly-Hope-Dream was born.
- Strictly speaking, hope isn’t the problem - LACK of hope is! Someone once said, "Man can live 40 days witihout food, about 3 days without water, and about 8 minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.” Whether a child is battling a life-threatening medical condition or has died, the families we serve struggle to find hope. For siblings especially, the family circumstances can be especially challenging. Often overlooked and sidelined, life can seem hopeless indeed.
- Families with children battling life-threatening medical conditions and those whose children have died often feel isolated and alone. Yet, each year in the US alone, over 40,000 children are being treated for cancer, while 35,000 babies are born with congenital heart conditions. And around 57,000 children under the age of 19 die every year. Fly-Hope-Dream connects these families through Dream Flights and related educational programs with the theme: “You’re NOT alone!”
- Fly-Hope-Dream inspires parents, grandparents and siblings alike. Flying in an open cockpit biplane 1,000 feet above the fields brings a fresh perspective from which new hope can spring. We see things we’re not even aware of on terra firma. Buildings that seem so imposing on the ground are dwarfed from the air. And most importantly - we simply have FUN! We also use the stories of well-known figures to motivate transformation of personal struggles into meaningful legacy.
Bringing hope to the hopeless...
FLY: Dream Flights
The highlight of our program is a Dream Flight in a stunning 1942 Stearman, a primary trainer in WWII. Breaking free from the “surly bonds of earth” in the open cockpit of a vintage biplane is an uplifting experience like no other. Passengers leave their cares behind and get the opportunity to see the world from a whole new perspective.
Hope: You’re Not Alone!
Hope sustains us in difficult times. Our theme “You’re Not Alone…You’re in Good Company!” follows the remarkable stories of accomplished figures whose children or siblings have faced life-threatening medical conditions and/or have died. Many have gone on to achieve amazing things, among them Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon), Presidents Lincoln, George H W Bush and George W Bush, and author Roald Dahl.
DREAM: Dream Workshops
Renowned leadership expert John Maxwell defines a dream as, “an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.” At Fly-Hope-Dream, we encourage struggling families to dream big, and help transform those dreams into a lasting legacy.
Our Children’s Gallery contains pictures of Fly-Hope-Dream children facing life-threatening medical conditions and those who have died. Click to see the pictures of children whose families have already participated in our program.
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