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Sarasota girl fighting leukemia gets to experience dream career as U.S. Air Force pilot

Posted at 9:11 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 21:11:46-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Five-year-old Ever Young loves planes and wants to be an air force pilot when she grows up just like her great grandfather.

"The first time she was on an airplane, she goes, I wanna fly this thing and I said one day baby you’ll do it," said Jimmy Young Jr., Ever’s father.

But what started as a stomach ache last year tried to get in the way of that dream.

"It was a bellyache that turned our world upside down," said Young. Ever was diagnosed with leukemia and has been fighting it ever since. Young says she is close to remission.

On Tuesday, Ever was sworn in at MacDill Air Force base to shadow a pilot and experience her dream career of being in the air force.

She was able to fly a plane through a simulator, talk to pilots at air traffic control and see the inside of a real air force plane.

"This is one of her biggest dreams," said Young.

Video of Ever as a pilot will be added to a video from six other cancer-fighting kids as part of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s "Fashion Funds the Cure" event to raise money for research to better treat kids with cancer and give hope to their families.

For more information on the Fashion Funds the Cure event at the UTC mall in Sarasota on March 6th, visit their website here.