KUNA -- There are a lot of kids out there who dream about flying. That dream came true Wednesday for one special 10-year-old Kuna boy.
When you're young the question is asked - what do you want to be when you grow up? For 10-year-old Jayden Bennett, he'd tell you he wants to become a Young Marine.
Why don't you come with us? We have something we want you to get into, said Unit Commander Walt Modler with the Treasure Valley Young Marines.
That something was a battle dress uniform for Jayden.
Get you all squared away here. Looking good, said Modler as he buttoned up Jayden s jacket.
You see, you need to be dressed properly when you are made a Young Marine.
Wednesday was a big day for Jayden. Not only did he become a Young Marine, but he also gets to ride a in a helicopter.
Jayden's mom, Boni Bennett, says those are just two of Jayden's wishes.
Jayden's fought real hard for three years with his battle against cancer, said Boni Bennett.
Jayden has osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. The cancer took his left leg. It spread to his lungs and spine. His cancer is terminal.
And he's a gift to share with everybody and every moment of every day is treated like his last, said Boni Bennett.
And that's the reality; no one knows how much time he really has.
We know that there's not much more they can do, that there's not going to be a cure for Jayden, said Boni Bennett.
But on this day, all that was put to the side.
Oh, I can hear it, said Jayden.
Life Flight touched down in the school's playground to make a young boy's wish come true.
I'm your pilot.
Okay, replied Jayden.
You're going to be my co-pilot.
Okay, replied Jayden.
After a quick tour, and a kiss from grandma, Jayden was in the air. For close to a half an hour, he got a bird's eye view of the Treasure Valley.
He flew over his house and got a good view of Boise State s blue field.
Jayden, your wish is coming true? asked NewsChannel 7.
It wasn't a wish, said Jayden.
What was it? asked NewsChannel 7.
I don't know, said Jayden. A surprise.
Jayden older brother Andrew was able to fly with him. Jayden says he wasn't so much scared about flying as he was about landing. Both the flying and the landing were successful.
Speaking of landing, Jayden and his crew flew to Gowen Field. There the Idaho Army National Guard strapped Jayden into an Apache helicopter simulator where he flew a simulated mission engaging enemy targets.
After the simulation, his flight aviators gave him dog tags, an aircrew name patch and a spent 30 millimeter shell from the Apache's gun. It was a good end to a great day.