6-year-old Deacon has always loved all things transportation, so when it came to deciding his wish, he knew exactly what he wanted: an airplane adventure! When Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma Wish Granters, Eric and Gabrielle Conchola met with Deacon, they were overwhelmed by his contagious smile! Eric and Gabrielle knew they wanted to create an adventure Deacon would never forget.
Deacon was diagnosed in February 2014 with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes muscular degeneration and weakness. His two-day airplane adventure began with a limo ride to Will Rogers World Airport, where he was met by crew members of Southwest Airlines. After receiving his official employee badge, Deacon helped his crew land a commercial airplane! Once the plane was on the ground, Deacon was able to go inside and sit in the cockpit. Day one ended with a tour of the Will Rogers Airport Fire Department, where he got to sit in a fire truck and meet some amazing fire fighters!
Day two of the airplane adventure began when Deacon and his family were met by Brig General Kirkland at Tinker Air Force Base. General Kirkland introduced Deacon to all of his friends and invited him to eat lunch with him. Deacon even received a cake that looked like a plane with his name displayed across the top! Later, Deacon was able to explore more planes around Tinker Air Force Base with his family and tried on the equipment like a real pilot. He even received a pilot flight suit and was named Commander for the day. Deacon finished up his day at the control tower where he learned how to land planes in a flight simulator.
Deacon’s wish was everything he had ever dreamed. Ashley, Deacon’s mom, described the wish as “absolutely perfect” for Deacon. “We are so thankful and appreciative to everyone involved in making Deacon’s wish so spectacular,” she said.
Southwest Airlines, Will Rogers Airport Fire Department, and Tinker Air Force Base did a wonderful job making Deacon and his family feel welcome and treated him like one of their own. “Everyone we encountered was so nice and supportive. They all went above and beyond to making Deacon’s days so special,” Ashley said.