Flyin’ High to Baltimore & Friends for Life

We arrived in Baltimore on Monday, March 22nd. It was a long day. We left our house at 6:30 am and arrived in Baltimore at 5:00 pm. Christopher was self-conscious about wearing the surgical mask in the airport. Many folks were staring at him because he had the mask on to prevent illness and was in a wheelchair. He just cannot walk very far without some type of pain. The coolest part about the trip is that the Southwest crew gave Christopher the opportunity to visit the cockpit and sit in the pilot’s seat. It MADE his day. The crew kept teasing him, asking if he would like to switch places and fly the 737. The pilots had an electronic machine gun to shoot the bad guys  (Delta, Continental, American) out of the sky. I never knew they did this before.

After we arrived, we met the Foote and Hay families and celebrated Sandi Foote’s ’21st birthday.’ I noticed as we walked into the restaurant that Tanner and Christopher had the same walk. It’s a very distinctive Perthes walk, more like a penguin. It was also the night before Tanner’s hip surgery. We had a terrific time and are so thankful for our new friends. Christopher and Tanner were instant buddies. They are the same age and have the same interests. Tanner has been battling Perthes for six years. As we left the restaurant, Christopher said, ‘Tanner and I will be friends for life.’ The boys had a great time playing Pokemon and talking.

Co-piolot Christopher

Co-Pilot Christopher

Perthes Friends

Friends for Life - Christopher, Tanner and Rachel (Tanner is recovering now. We are so thankful)

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5 Responses to Flyin’ High to Baltimore & Friends for Life

  1. Jennifer says:

    Love the co-pilot picture. That’s awesome!!!

  2. Haidee LeClair says:

    I never knew that about the pilots either. I’m glad the crew treated Christopher so well! You are in our thoughts.
    -h

  3. The Keas' Family says:

    Chris,
    We are thinking and praying that tomorrow everything goes fabulous for you! Maybe this summer we can go swimming at the Texan, and kick back and relax in there new lazy river. Jared said “Sweet” when he saw the piolt photo! He said someday you and him will have to fly together-He as piolt and you can be co-piolt! I told him you never know Chris might be one too! Have a great day, buddy. We love you!
    The Keas

  4. Sandy Miller says:

    Hey Christopher, I am so jealous that you got to sit in the co-pilot seat! I would love to do that as I love to fly. I was lucky because my Dad taught me to fly. Maybe you can be a pilot one day. I can introduce you to lots of pilots if we get together sometime! If you ever visit Michigan, I can get you into another pilot seat….in several different planes even but lots smaller than that jet.
    Good luck tomorrow. We will be praying for you.
    Sandy and Dan Miller

  5. Judy Volker says:

    You’re a brave guy Christopher and I know you’re going to attack this just like you do your sports – by being positive and pushing through it! Take care of your Mom and Dad and know that you have a lot of people praying for you and wishing good things for you!

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