Apr 16, 2013 6:33 PM by Heather Jackson - firstname.lastname@example.org
KINGSVILLE - The newest pilot at Naval Air Station, Kingsville is quite a bit smaller than the other pilots. We were able to follow one special kid around on the base as he became a pilot for a day.
8-year old Eddie Fuentes is geared up early for a big day at the Naval Air Station. Listening to air traffic scanners, getting an inside look into real jets, and even riding jet simulators to help him understand what to do when a jet crashes is all on his agenda.
"When you come out of a parachute you have to swing," Eddie Fuentes, a Driscoll Children's Hospital patient says.
These are all lessons he is learning for the Driscoll Children's Hospital's "Pilot for a Day" program.
Fuentes was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October; but today was not about being sick it was about exploring a new world.
An experience Major Robert MacDougall says is irreplaceble, and not only for eddie.
"It has been a great joy both myself for the base, and any of the pilots that have been asked to be the pilot host for that day," Major Robert MacDougall shares.
Eddie was full of energy from the moment he first got into the car this morning, and he didn't slow down a bit as the day went on. Keeping these airmen on their toes.
"I got to know Eddie a little bit then and what a fun sort of adventurous personality. He has a lot of energy for an eight year old," Major MacDougall says.
Energy that keeps eddie fighting cancer everyday with a positive attitude.
"Cuz you get to have fun," Fuentes beams.