Outfitted in a flight suit, helmet and goggles, John gets out of his wheelchair, enters a glass column and prepares for liftoff.

Smiling broadly, he soon finds himself floating on air, well above the heads of onlookers ringing the vertical wind tunnel. Two certified flight instructors are at his side.

Aidan, Broderick, Kulquinda, Faith and Jorge, as well as St. Mary’s staff, family and friends, also took turns flying during “Soar with St. Mary’s” at iFLY Va Beach’s indoor skydiving facility. Each individual flight lasted 60 seconds.

“Out of all the special events iFLY Va Beach has done since opening, this has easily been the most rewarding — not just for myself, but for our staff,” said iFLY Va Beach CEO Bob Pizzini.

The event in May 2015 raised nearly $2,200 to support more fun activities like this for the children and young adults. A huge thank you to iFLY Va Beach, our staff, family and friends for helping our kids fly!

Watch the kids soar.