TAMPA (FOX 13) - Pushing past limitations and reaching new heights: That was the goal Wednesday night at iFly Tampa.
People of all abilities were experiencing the joy of flying.
"You can't breathe. You're like 'Oh my God, get me out of here.’ You look down, it's like ‘Whoa!’” Ken Duldulao explained.
Parents of children with disabilities said they sometimes forget just how much their kids are capable of. Gilbert Acevedo of Brandon was there with his son.
“I said,’ Wow, that's my baby, and he can do anything any other child can do!’” Acevedo said. “As parents, we try to do, even with our son, try to normalize everything that we do with him because he could say, ‘Daddy, I want to do this versus Chris. Do you want to do this?’ He'll ask rather than me asking him. Activities like this, I think, increases self-confidence and self-esteem, so he's able to do more stuff on his own.”
iFly Operations Manager Jon Dixon knows the importance of experiences for children of all abilities. He helped organize All Abilities Night at iFly, which is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
“This is where we invite guests that have physical or cognitive challenges. Each of our guests will have two flight minutes. That's the equivalent of two skydives,” Dixon told FOX 13 News.
“It's on the bucket list. What's the saying? Live life brave or die a coward. I figure, give it a shot." Ken Duldulao, who was paralyzed in an accident 17 years ago, said after his indoor skydive.
Almost 10 people signed up to do the indoor skydive, but only half ended up going into the tunnel. But everyone said they had fun anyway.
This was the third All Abilities Night at iFly Tampa. The cost is $40 per person.