Riley kid gets to live his dream of being a pilot

Riley Champion Connor Schuelke wants to be a pilot. (WTHR Staff)
Riley Patient Dreams of Flying
Riley patient dreams of flying

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — We can all remember what we wanted to be when we were a kid. Maybe a teacher, firefighter or an astronaut.

Connor Schuelke wants to be a pilot.

Connor Schuelke wants to be a pilot. (WTHR Staff)

The 14-year-old is a Riley Champion who battled cancer in 2013 and 2014. He had a rare cancer that grows in and around the bones. Connor ended up having a hip replacement and follow up surgeries.

Today he is healthy and back pursuing his dream of flying and he got a taste of it Thursday in Indianapolis.

Republic Airways Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy took Connor on a tour of the facility. They then put him through a simulator and took him on a short flight around the city.

Riley Champion Connor Schuelke trying out the flight simulator. (WTHR Staff)