Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion PH grants a boy’s dream to reach the skies

Manila Bulletin - - Lifestyle -

“I love you 3000” was as mem­o­rable as the movie where the line came from. But in Make-AWish Philip­pines Foun­da­tion, it takes on a whole new mean­ing as they’ve granted the 3000thwish made by Mark Jamir “MJ” Can­tuangco.

MJ is a young boy di­ag­nosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Cur­rently, he’s un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Philip­pine Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Grow­ing up in Cavite, MJ has never ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ing on an air­plane. But de­spite that, he loves look­ing up at the clouds, watch­ing the planes fly, and of­ten won­ders how it feels “to be in the sky” for he as­pires to be­come a pi­lot when he grows up.

And with the help of real-life heroes com­posed of vol­un­teers and spon­sors work­ing with the foun­da­tion, MJ’s wish came true.

“We are so grate­ful to have real-life heroes who be­lieve in our mis­sion and work with us in trans­form­ing lives, one wish at a time. We are cel­e­brat­ing this mile­stone of grant­ing the 3,000th wish in the Philip­pines and we could not have done all th­ese with­out the sup­port of our vol­un­teers, spon­sors and part­ners,” said Ana

Chua, pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion.

As a prepa­ra­tion for his first take off, MJ vis­ited the Philip­pine Air­lines Flight Sim­u­la­tion Cen­ter. Here, he got to ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ing a flight sim­u­la­tor and spent the day with three pilots who taught him about the tech­ni­cal as­pects of a com­mer­cial air­plane.

On Aug. 5, with the help of Marc Soong, pres­i­dent of Au­tostrada Mo­tore, Inc., to­gether with First Avi­a­tion Academy, MJ suc­cess­fully lead his first flight. He even ex­pe­ri­enced un­der­ground school­ing by Capt. Janine Al­can­tara;be in a sim­u­la­tor with Capt. Mike Tan, and fly a four-seater plane with Capt.

Bryan David.

That day, MJ wasn’t the only one who reached cloud nine, but also ev­ery­one who made his dream turn to re­al­ity. They know they will al­ways look back on this day with fond­ness, joy, and hope shared with a young boy bravely bat­tling a crit­i­cal ill­ness.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Make-AWish Foun­da­tion Philip­pines, visit www. makeaw­ish.org.ph.

MJ wasn’t the only one who reached cloud nine, but also ev­ery­one who made his dream turn to re­al­ity.

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