Friday's Fabulous Flyer
What amazing friends you ask?
May 18, 1991, Jason and Carmen were blessed with a baby boy with mild cerebral palsy. This happy baby boy grew into a delightful young man with dreams that pulled his heart and head into the sky. There is nothing more powerful than a dream so great it turns into a passion.
Dillon's dad, Jason, has been working in the aviation industry for the previous 30 years. He just might have initiated Dillon's love of aviation by taking he and his younger brother, Meritt, to work whenever possible. They were dad's junior mechanics and this passion began and continues to soar.
Dillon's mom said, "Sadly, due to his disability, his dream of becoming a pilot may never be fulfilled, but having amazing friends, that make him feel like he can do anything, his head will always be in the clouds reaching for his impossible dream."
What amazing friends you ask?
Eric Auxier, Cap'n Aux, and his flight attendant girlfriend, Mary Ann Laverty, Bunny, are the amazing angels in his life. It takes an angel to give wings to fly. And this is exactly what these two have done for Dillon.
Bunny and Cap'n Aux
So how did they meet Dillon?
The story goes like this...
Bunny is a friend of their family. Dillon glommed onto her because he said she's an 'exotic flight' attendant, traveling the world on airliners! A young man with a passion for flight chasing a beautiful flight attendant... Dillon sounds like an airline pilot to me.
But back to the story...
Dillon calls Bunny, 'Aunt Bunny.' He would always pester her about Captain Sully and the Miracle on the Hudson. Forever wanting to know, "Have you met Captain Sully yet?"
One day Bunny had a brilliant idea. She said, "You know, Dillon, I know somebody more famous than Captain Sully." When his eyes lit up she added, "His name is Captain Aux!"
Ever since then Dillon has been reading Eric's blog, Adventures of Cap'n Aux. Eric and Bunny are actively involved in Dillon's life and often take him to lunch and talk aviation with him. Eric say's, "He has all but forgotten that ol' dinosaur Captain Sully.... and now it's all about, Captain Aux!" I say, "as it should be!"
Capn Aux has allowed Dillon to live his dreams of aviation. He's made himself available to talk about airplanes and flying with Dillon. Then one day he took "Captain Dillon" flying.
Dillon's first Cessna 310 flight to Sedona
was a dream come true.
His Mom says, "When Dillon talks about flying, he says it makes him feel free. Free of his restrictive disability. He feels close to God. He feels very blessed to have so many people in his life that are supportive of his dreams."
Take a few a minutes to share Dillon's first flight. You will be so glad you did. A journey worth taking.
Cap'n Dillon's Ecstatic Adventure! from Capnaux on Vimeo.
Life is about giving your best
to make the best for others.
Make each moment count.
Eric and Dillon are!
What words of inspiration to you have for
I know he will love reading them.
Enjoy the Journey!