Boy battlng cancer gets plane ride from Warden Service Pilot

Boy with cancer gets special flight with Warden.

Presque Isle, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Getting up and out of the house is getting harder for Zach Gagnon, the 13-year-old boy is often tired and has aches in his back.  Before leaving his home in Caribou on Wednesday he needs pain medicine.

"It is becoming more difficult over time  he's extremely tired, the tumors on his lung have expanded. he was a swollen lymph node on his right neck so it's extremely difficult for him to get up and get dressed," explains his mom,  Peggy Gagnon.  "Simple things we take for granted every day we get up in the morning and get dressed and go to work for him it's a complete different story it's very exhausting for him to just put a pair of clothes on."

 
"I'm afraid of heights," she explains, saying she's doing it for Zach as she climbs aboard the single engine pontoon plane, which sits in a lake near the Presque Isle Airport.
 
Their ride takes them over the fields and streams of Aroostook County, courtesy of Warden Pilot Jeffrey Spencer.  
 
"It's an honor to be able to take him up.  he has a good time and i enjoy taking him and I am fortunate that I am able to help out in a situation like this,"  Spencer says.
 
"We were looking for moose we didn't find anything saw a lot of beaver holes and brooks and stuff but didn't find any moose," Zach recalls after the flight, saying the flight did him some good. 
 
"Nice to get fresh air," he says. 
 
Fresh air, and a fresh outlook  for a boy and his mom both dealing with so much.
 
"Just watching him in the front seat with the pilot was priceless just to know that he was up there and happy and just doing something that he enjoys to do meant everything to me," Peggy said.
 
As for Zach, after the flight we asked him what he was going to do.
 
"Probably take a nap and eat."

Zach's mother Peggy is a single mom, who is facing rising medical bills.  They do have a fundraiser page through the crowdfunding website YOUCARING

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  The American Childhood Cancer Organization says about 15 thousand children under 21 are diagnosed with cancer each year and about 1 in 4 will not survive. It is raising money to fund more childhood cancer research.

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