Courtesy of Make-a-Wish Foundation / Joe Vericker / PhotoBureau Inc.
Jordi Lippe-McGraw
June 27, 2016

United Airlines has 4,564 daily departures, but there was one flight last week that was extra special. On June 21st, the company celebrated the 10,000th flight they’ve donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Chidinma Morsindi, a 14-year-old battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, headed off to Rome from Newark for free and was greeted like a celebrity for her departure. She was ushered to a private room where she was greeted with photos of the Italian city, signs made by the staff, a cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and a recorded message from the TV chef. "From one Jersey boy to another Jersey girl, eat a lot of pasta," Valastro said in the clip.

Courtesy of Make-a-Wish Foundation / Joe Vericker / PhotoBureau Inc.

United and Make-A-Wish have worked together for 30 years. "It's a partnership. We celebrate it today and everyday," Thomas Weatherall, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish New Jersey, told NJ.com.

Courtesy of Make-a-Wish Foundation / Joe Vericker / PhotoBureau Inc.

After her mini party, Morsindi got the chance to check out the cockpit and try on the captain’s hat before jetting off. The reason Rome was the city of choice? It is filled with history, her favorite subject in school. Little did the teen know she’d also be making history with her flight. 

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