COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The weather held out Wednesday evening for a special helicopter ride at the Columbus Police Heliport.
Shiann Lockhart, 2, is battling an aggressive form of cancer. The ride was part of her family’s bucket list—“all the things that we were going to miss when she passes away,” said her mother, Cora Lockhart.
“We just decided that we shouldn’t have to miss them and we’re just going to fast-track her life into the couple short months that she has left,” Lockhart said.
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Shiann was born with multiple heart defects and had a heart transplant at five weeks old. This March, Lockhart said, Shiann was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma that sometimes occurs in transplant patients.
On Wednesday, Shiann and Cora checked another item off the bucket list with a ride in the helicopter. The ride started rough, with Shiann crying as she was loaded into the helicopter, but she calmed down before takeoff.
“She settled in and then she just kind of looked out the window and was pointing and just relaxed the whole time,” Lockhart said.
Columbus Police Sergeant Robert Sagle said the police and fire departments were excited that the police chief approved their request for a quick flyover with Shiann.
“We just absolutely love the opportunity to be there for a family that needs something,” Sagle said. “That’s what we do.”
The ride lasted just a few minutes, but it’s a day Shiann’s family will remember.
“It’s just a beautiful thing to see that all these people are coming together just to make her little life so special,” Lockhart said.
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