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180th Fighter Wing names a Pilot for a Day

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt tries on a pilot’s helmet May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt tries on a pilot’s helmet May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Robin L. Wiseman, a recruiting and retention manager assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, signs the oath of enlistment May 26, 2016 after commissioning Ashleigh Hunt as an honorary 2nd Lt. in the Ohio Air National Guard during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW. The Pilot for a Day program is a way for the 180FW to support the local community by providing a fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Robin L. Wiseman, a recruiting and retention manager assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, signs the oath of enlistment May 26, 2016 after commissioning Ashleigh Hunt as an honorary 2nd Lt. in the Ohio Air National Guard during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW. The Pilot for a Day program is a way for the 180FW to support the local community by providing a fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

U.S. Air Force Col. Craig R. Baker, the 180th Fighter Wing Commander, congratulates honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt after her commissioning ceremony May 26, 2016, at the 180FW in Swanton, Ohio. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

U.S. Air Force Col. Craig R. Baker, the 180th Fighter Wing Commander, congratulates honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt after her commissioning ceremony May 26, 2016, at the 180FW in Swanton, Ohio. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kathryn L. Dorhmann, a crew chief assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The Pilot for a Day program allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kathryn L. Dorhmann, a crew chief assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The Pilot for a Day program allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

A local television crew interviews honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt during the Pilot for a Day event May 26, 2016 at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. The Pilot for a Day program is a way for the 180FW to support the local community by providing a fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

A local television crew interviews honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt during the Pilot for a Day event May 26, 2016 at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. The Pilot for a Day program is a way for the 180FW to support the local community by providing a fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, dedicated to honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt, sits on the flight line at the 180th Fighter Wing prior to take-off May 26, 2016 in Swanton, Ohio. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, dedicated to honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt, sits on the flight line at the 180th Fighter Wing prior to take-off May 26, 2016 in Swanton, Ohio. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180FW where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt launches an f-16 Fighting Falcon as U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Cherolis, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, supervises on the flight line May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The Pilot for a Day program allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt launches an f-16 Fighting Falcon as U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Cherolis, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, supervises on the flight line May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The Pilot for a Day program allows the 180FW to give back to the local community, whose enduring support for the Airmen makes the 180FW mission possible. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt trains in a parachute simulator May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180th Fighter Wing where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

Honorary 2nd Lt. Ashleigh Hunt trains in a parachute simulator May 26, 2016 during Pilot for a Day, a program supporting children and young adults who live with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Hunt, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 19, was honored during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event at the 180th Fighter Wing where she launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

The U.S. Army Reserve 983rd Engineer Battalion escorted Ashleigh Hunt, a 22 year-old Ohio resident diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in a humvee to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio where she was designated a pilot for a day May 26, 2016. During the Pilot for a Day event, Hunt was commissioned as an honorary 2nd Lt., launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

The U.S. Army Reserve 983rd Engineer Battalion escorted Ashleigh Hunt, a 22 year-old Ohio resident diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in a humvee to the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio where she was designated a pilot for a day May 26, 2016. During the Pilot for a Day event, Hunt was commissioned as an honorary 2nd Lt., launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

SWANTON, Ohio -- Ashleigh Hunt, a 22 year-old Ohio resident diagnosed with osteosarcoma, was commissioned as an honorary 2nd Lt. in the Ohio Air National Guard during the first-ever Pilot for a Day event May 26, at the 180th Fighter Wing.

The Pilot for a Day program is a way for the 180FW to support the local community by providing a fun-filled day for children and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening disease or illness.

During the event, she also launched an F-16 Fighting Falcon, received a tour of the base facilities, and experienced basic pilot survival and parachute training. 

"I didn't really know what to expect," Hunt said. "It was a huge surprise and more than I ever could have expected."

Hunt has been battling osteosarcoma since the age of 19. After she was diagnosed, her and her family began writing a bucket list. Hunt said she always enjoyed watching fighter jets growing up and her mom suggested flying in an F-16 for her list. Her health didn't allow for her to fly in an F-16, but when the Airmen of the 180FW heard about her story, they wanted to help give her and her family a day to remember.

"It's not every day that I get to do something like this," said Maj. Brian Cherolis, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 180FW who lead the event. "I wanted to do something that would have a lasting impact for them."

"I don't even have words for it," said Jodi Rupp, Hunt's mother "It's amazing how people have opened themselves up to helping her out and making her life great."

Hunt said she the next items on her bucket list include visiting Chicago, New York and Europe, as well as an extensive list of concerts she hopes to see this summer.
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