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Two Lufkin Grace Care residents take flight for the first time


Anna Heath and Ann Doran started their day in way they never had before 3000 feet in the air.

"When he said how high we were I said wow but I wasn't afraid," said Doran.

Both Heath and Doran are residents at Grace Care Center in Lufkin.

The nursing home's program "Grace Filled Dreams" works to fulfill the long time dreams of their residents.

"Our residents are our family and this is something special for them to let them be the star of the show for the day," said Jeffery Fatheree, Executive Director.

Wednesday at ages 63 and 93 the dreams of taking flight finally came true."

"Oh it's fabulous," said Heath.

The pair dawned matching jackets, scarves, sunglasses and smiles as they set off for an unforgettable adventure.

"I never thought at my age I'd be doing something like this," said Heath.

Abe Martin Stadium, downtown Lufkin and Lake Sam Rayburn were all in view.

For about 45 minute they cruised through a cloudless sky at about 150 miles per hour.

Doran says her first flight was a smooth one.

"It didn't seem like we were going fast it seemed like we were going really slow but when he told us how fast we were going I said wow," said Doran.

Pilot Quincy Martindale says he was honored to share this moment with the new flyers.

"I've flown many many hours and I think this is the most rewarding flight I've ever taken," said Martindale.

After landing, both ladies were all smiles. 

"It was the first time I've been on a plane in my whole life and I enjoyed it," said Doran.

And both say if they ever get the chance they'd gladly take to the skies again.

The Grace Care Center partnered with Affinity Hospice Center and the Angelina County Airport to make this dream possible.

The nursing home has more dream granting in the works ranging from horseback riding to square dancing and even a trip to Mount Rushmore.

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