Born and raised in Connecticut, Liz has deep roots and strong personal ties to the region. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School struck her community at unprecedented levels, which many still struggle to fully comprehend. The families and the town of Newtown, CT are coping and healing, and Liz has found a way to help.
Liz discovered the world of free flight with a friend who was checking off items on her “bucket list” in 2010. Little did she know she would fall in love with being in the sky. She is currently training for her hang gliding ratings and is helping to achieve great things for the people of Newtown through her new project with the Cloudbase Foundation (CBF).
While standing inside the memorial tent in Newtown, full of stuffed animals, cards, letters, angels, and other gifts of love and respect, she explained to a friend that hang gliding helped her in her own healing with the death of her mother. It helped her to reclaim her life, and move on in a positive way. That “Superman” feeling of flying in a hang glider can be empowering, a stimulation of all of one’s senses. The thrill of flight can be a rejuvenation, and a sense of accomplishment as well.
The project submitted by Liz, accepted by the CBF, offers hang gliding flights free of charge at Morningside Flight Park (http://flymorningside.kittyhawk.com/) to help Newtown. She also hopes to share discussions about her flying experiences, and how hang gliding can help in the healing process with the students, teachers, first responders, police officers, fire fighters, etc. Liz is helping with organization and logistics. Let’s help put smiles on the children’s faces, and the people of Newtown.
This project is currently underway, but donations are still needed to fund this project and are being accepted. You can help by donating today! The smallest gifts can help make the greatest impact; no donation is too small. Please consider supporting this project by clicking “Donate” below. By indicating that your donation should be applied towards the Sandy Hook Project, 100% of your donation will be applied to this project.
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