High above Hastings, suspended mid-air by the pulsating blades of a helicopter and the buoying spirit of community, two young men from the Adams Central School District experienced the elation of flight Friday night.
Seth Ostrander, an eighth-grader at AC, snapped pictures on his smartphone and grinned down at his home from his seat in the Midwest Medical chopper. In the jumpseat beside him, 5-year-old Austin Engel was wide-eyed at the effect of the roller-coaster-like ride in the aircraft.
The ride represented the culmination of a weeklong celebration of life by students, teachers and families in the Adams Central School District. The impetus? September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and Ostrander and Engel are cancer patients themselves.
"It was awesome," Ostrander said after landing. "I don't even have the words to explain it!"
Click here to see a video of the ride.