“It’s ok Mom,” Tim optimistically shared after receiving his diagnosis. “It’s not one of the bad cancers, it’s just bone cancer.” It was in that moment, Tim’s mom Amanda, knew that everything would be alright.
Twelve-year-old Tim first showed pain in his lower leg shortly after wrecking a dirt bike in central Utah. His parents didn’t think much of his hobbling, just assumed it was related to the motorbike accident. It wasn’t until a basketball game that Amanda noticed Tim was favoring his left leg. Even when given a clear shot, Tim refused to jump while shooting the ball.
A trip to the ER brought the devastating news: Tim had Ewing Sarcoma. The only way to completely get rid of the cancer would be to amputate a section of Tim’s left leg. His parents agreed to the surgery, and Tim began imagining a life without his leg. The operation took place a short time later.
Meanwhile, Tim’s social worker informed him of the opportunity he would have to declare a special wish. It didn’t take long for the middle school boy to announce his heartfelt wish: a chance to fly a fighter jet.
The calls and arrangements to grant Tim's wish were made secretly and the next thing he knew, Tim and his family were on their way to southern California where he was given the opportunity to enjoy a special flight in an L-39 Albatros.
After a thorough but short flight lesson, Tim suited up and put on his helmet. As co-pilot, Tim took his seat behind the pilot and braced himself for take-off. Forty-five minutes of flight time included exhilarating spins and twirls over the California desert.
Tim’s only response: “It was awesome!”
Tim’s dad added, “He (Tim) went through this huge experience that was not fun, and then he had this awesome experience and that kind of put a cap on it and let him say, ‘Ok, this part of my life’s done, and now I can move on and be a normal kid again.’”