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Thanks to the amazing work of Captain Crystal and her assistant Stacy, Nick was able to fulfill a long time dream of going up in an adapted hot air balloon in beautiful Wyoming!
Dream Catcher Balloon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to give balloon rides in an adapted 2 seat custom built “basket” that allows those with mobility challenges or other concerns to fly! Dream Catcher and Captain Crystal work with people of different abilities, veterans, seniors, and anyone looking to have their dream flight. Captain Crystal is an amazing person and Nick’s flight has been several years in the making!
It was an early day, and tensions were high. Would the wind pick up? Would Nick get to fly? After waking up at 5AM Nick watched out the window while Captain Crystal and the team of volunteers including Nick’s family and friends set up the balloon. At about 6:30AM Captain Crystal gave Nick the OK to get down to the launch area and it was on!
Nick got to ride in the balloon twice, and was so excited. He spun around and looked at the beautiful views of the Snowy Range Mountains and the lake while waving his arms in the air and looking down to his cheering family and friends. His favorite part was looking at the horizon!
Events like these give people like Nick who have different abilities the chance to experience things they may not otherwise get to do.
It’s so important to Nick and his team to make connections with other non-profits looking to spread awareness and inclusivity, and we are proud friends of Captain Crystal and the Dream Catcher Balloon team.
Nick can’t wait for his next adventure!
Nick and the Awesome in Action Team had so much fun at Wicked West Comic Expo at the Budweiser Event Center on April 2nd and 3rd, 2022.
There were so many fun opportunities to help kids discover their inner superheroes, and see their super cute masks.
Nick was so excited to set up his booth the night before the Expo, and showing it off the 1st day!
Some of the kids really embraced their inner superheroes with cool handmade masks!
Nick loved talking with everyone who stopped at his booth about his business, and his theme for the Expo; Anyone Can Be a Hero!
It wasn’t all hard work though, Nick also got the chance to have some fun meeting Lucy the Velociraptor, Doctor Robotnik, and Rocket Raccoon! Nick was a little scared of some of the costumes at the Expo, but he was brave and put on his mask to become his super alter-ego, Captain Laughs a Lot!
Nick got the chance to see his friend Nick Armstrong, who heads Fort Collins Comic Con, coming to Fort Collins August 27th and 28th!
He also ran into his old friend, Mary Poppins, and had to take her home!
We hope you can join us again really soon at the Fort Collins Comic Con!
Until then….as Spiderman says: “With great power, comes great responsibility!” Sir Laughs a Lot MUST press on with his Ability Awareness and keep our community safe (and well educated!)