12-year-old cancer survivor in remission becomes ‘Pilot for a Day’


Carolyn Shaffer

Twelve-year-old Carolyn Shaffer had a smile that would melt your heart as she arrived at Joint Base Andrews to be a "Pilot for a Day."


The adventure is that of a seasoned vet.


As a cancer survivor in remission, Shaffer was being honored on Friday in a very special way – a military way. She received her wings and patches and then took the controls of UH1 HUEY, flying a simulator through the streets of D.C.


"Fought a hard battle and is doing awesome. So she's an inspiration for everyone, so we want to celebrate that today," Lt. Colonel Rob Balzano said.

The Check-6 Foundation helped make the 12-year-old’s wish a reality.


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