SafeLaunch co-founders Janet Rowse and Ron Cuff will make Wings Over Fullerton Airport Day the first stop on the 2016 Flights Above Addiction tour. This Saturday, May 7, they will fly Cuff’s 2000 Cessna 182 from Santa Barbara to Fullerton, to inspire local kids to paint their dreams directly on his plane at the event.
The name “SafeLaunch” refers to launching kids safely into adulthood without the crushing burden of addiction. The genesis for the name came from Ron’s career in Naval Aviation.
Cuff tells the youth who paint his plane that, “a successful life is like a successful flight… it must be planned.” He explains that a great future requires a healthy mind and body, free from habitual intoxication. During the Pre-flight lesson, each young person chooses a destination…a career or two on a “Pre-flight” card. They learn that choosing a path is as important as a pilot choosing a destination. They hear that their brain is like their own private pilot that can take them wherever they decide to go… as long as it stays healthy. At the end of the lesson they sign the SafeLaunch pledge that states, “I will not experiment with drugs or alcohol because my growing brain is susceptible to addiction.”
The wings of Ron’s airplane carry the names and stories of 14 young people who died from drugs or alcohol. They are now the “wind beneath the SafeLaunch wings”. When young people and their parents see the names and tender ages of death on the underside of the Cessna’s wings, they are reflective and thoughtful. They are captivated by the pictures and stories of the very young people who lost their lives to the rapidly spreading epidemic of addiction and overdose. Parents who have lost children to drugs or alcohol are invited to find out more by visiting their Wind Beneath Our Wings webpage.
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