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Kids learn to fly — indoors

 TUKWILA — You’ve probably seen the giant red building along Interstate 405 in Tukwila where amateurs learn how to fly.

At the indoor flying facility called iFly, anyone can get the chance to simulate jumping out of an airplane without getting more than four feet off the ground. In simpler terms, people learn how to fly.

“It was scary, but I loved it,” Mikayla Cheney said.

iFlyCheney is part of a group with Sound Mental Health, an organization that helps troubled youth in the community. Sound Mental Health uses extreme sports as a teaching tool and a way to connect with the kids.

“I come from a single-parent household, so we don’t have the money to do these fun things. I love that we get to do it with fun people,” Cheney said.

Normally, Cheney wouldn’t be one for flying because of his fear of heights.

“I am scared of heights, so when we went up that was terrifying — but like a good type of terrifying.  If can conquer my fear of heights, I can conquer pretty much anything in my life,” Cheney said.

If you would like to learn more about Sound Mental Health, click here. To learn more about iFLY, click here.

1 Comment

  • Penelope

    This is such an amazing and wonderful oppurtunity to get kids out there who normally would not be able to do such theraputic activities. Give a shoutout to iFly and their participation in this event, these services would not be available otherwise. Along with that, great job to Q13 for getting their story out there. Just a quick note, I believe "troubled youth" is a term that the mental health community is trying to destigmatize. People, along with teens, who use these mental health services should not be labeled as "troubled" because they seek help. They are brave individuals who are paving the future generations in order to show that mental health is nothing to be ashamed about. Thank you for their story, it is uplifting and remarkable. All of the youth pictured here has shown us all what the new generation is all about. Destigmatizing our past sterotypes.

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