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Make-a-Wish Iowa launches Wishes in Flight Campaign

15-year-old Kyle Waterman of Cedar Rapids has always dreamed of watching his Oregon Ducks play for a  BCS national championship.

"At the top (of the list)," he said.

Sports have always been a big part of Kyle's life, but four years ago the Waterman's received a devastating diagnosis, when doctors found Kyle was battling a recessive genetic disorder called Fiedreich's Aaxia.

"It's becoming harder and harder for him to walk.  He can no longer play team sports," said Kyle mom Jennifer. 

In 2011, the Waterman's reached out to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Kyle was granted a trip of a lifetime-.  He and his family were flown out to Phoenix, Arizona to watch Oregon take on Auburn on college football's biggest stage.

"It was just complete glowing in his eyes the whole time that we were there.  You could just feel the excitement and how happy and pumped up he was to be there," Jennifer Waterman said. 

Make-a-Wish Iowa works to help make dreams come true for kids like Kyle who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Now helping the organization is as easy as making a donation at area airports.

"We love to be involved in this type of event so we can reach out to the community," said Heather Wilson, a spokesperson for the Eastern Iowa Airport. 

Some air travelers like Lisa Schreihart of Cedar Rapids have accumulated more frequent flier miles than they can use.

"I probably have more than 100 thousand miles," she said

Schreihart is now donating some of her unused miles to the Wishes in Flight Initiative.

"I think it's a great way to share your miles," she said.

The effort helps pay for one of the biggest expenses of these dream trips, the air travel.

It means everything to kids like Kyle, where on his mantle sits an Oregon autographed football and plenty of memories of what the family calls one of the best days of their lives.

"It was amazing," Kyle said.

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