Jai's wish helps him take flight

When Jai was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia it came as a huge shock to his family, who thought his lack of energy was just typical teen behaviour. It was especially hard for Jai’s father, who has himself been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for 30 years. But Jai stayed strong and positive – helped by his love of aviation photography.

A dream career

Jai is a self-taught photographer who has a passion for aviation. He dreams of working as a pilot or flight attendant so that he can travel the world taking photographs. When volunteers asked Jai what his most cherished wish was, he knew straight away: he wished to have a professional camera lens to make his dream a reality.

A wish with wings

Knowing how much it would mean to him, Melbourne branch volunteers arranged for Jai’s wish presentation to be held at a local Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base. Jai got to dress up in a pilot uniform, sit in the cockpit, and experience what it felt like to be a pilot. Jai said of his wish,

“Today is very surreal – It was unbelievable to sit in the aircraft and have the uniform and helmet on. It’s an amazing feeling and one I’ll treasure for a long, long time.”

A career takes flight

Thanks to his wish, Jai now has the equipment he needs to pursue a brighter future – and we look forward to watching him take flight.