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Aviation camp gives cancer survivors chance to soar the skies

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BOZEMAN - Summit Aviation is helping cancer survivors soar at their annual week-long camp.

It’s five days of exploring different parts of the airport and spending plenty of time in the sky.

Summit Aviation keeps these campers plenty busy throughout the week, including being able to fly the plane and go on a flight every day.

Cancer survivor Graham Tredwell from Silverton, Colorado said, “just to be able to have the opportunity to fly, I guess it makes life worth living.”

“Yeah it’s really important for people like us who have been through so much in life and they need this, they deserve it, you know?,” said cancer survivor Emily Kuhn from Pana, Illinois.

Eagle Mount, Big Sky Kids and Summit Aviation make it possible for a handful of cancer survivors to have this opportunity.

The experience itself gives these survivors a moment to reflect on their battle.

"Being here, it makes it almost worth it in a way because you’re just like, ‘look at life now,’ because it’s just amazing to see where you’re from and where you’ve come since then,” Kuhn said.

The survivors are not the only ones grateful for this opportunity.

“It seems like this week, it really all comes together and reminds us why we do what we do,” said Summit Aviation President Ben Walton.

Summit Aviation has been hosting this camp for the past five years and looks forward to this week every summer.

“All of the participants, they have an energy about them that’s different. They just have a love for life. It’s the best week that we have here,” Walton said.

The campers will be flying all over the state this week and have the opportunity to see Montana from a bird's eye view.

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