- Fly-Hope-Dream is the legacy of a very special boy – Timmy Williams. After a long illness he passed away in 2008, at 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 grieving spirit. And so, Fly-Hope-Dream was born.
- Outliving one’s child is profoundly catastrophic and disrupts the natural law and order of life. The loss is multi-layered and persistent: no graduation, no wedding, no grandchildren. For siblings, the trauma of losing a brother or sister often goes unrecognized and unaddressed. Many families need help making sense of it all.
- Those who've lost children often feel isolated and alone. And yet, around 57,000 children under the age of 19 die in the United States every year. That’s over 150 new families affected every day. Fly-Hope-Dream will connect these families through flight experiences and related educational programs with the theme: “You’re NOT alone!”
- Fly-Hope-Dream will inspire parents and siblings alike. Flying in an open cockpit biplane 500 feet above the fields brings a fresh perspective from which new hope can spring. The achievements of well-known figures who have experienced similar tragedy will motivate transformation of personal tragedies into meaningful legacy.
Transforming the loss of a child from tragedy to legacy, one family at a time...
FLY: Flight Experiences
The highlight of our program is a 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 a visceral 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 many accomplished figures who have lost children or siblings and 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 families to dream big, and help transform those dreams into a lasting legacy of the child they’ve lost.
Lost Children Gallery
Our Lost Child Gallery is a collection of pictures of the children who were flown in memory of from our flight experience program. Fly-Hope-Dream chooses to recognize and remember the loved ones lost here in this album. Click on the picture to see the pictures of the lost children from families who have already participated in our program.
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