Everyone has a dream, but how many people pursue theirs with everything they've got? That's what Captain Judy Rice did, and it is paying off.
Rice will be taking off with her navigator, Fred Nauer, this Thursday for an around-the-world adventure. They will be leaving from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland.
"It is hard to sleep at night," Rice said Tuesday, the opening day of the event.
Rice will stop in 25 countries and talk to 20,000 kids. She will be trying to get her message across.
"If it is your dream, and it's a good thing to do, don't you dare let someone tell you it is not for you to do," she said.
Rice says it wasn't easy getting so close to achieving her dream. She had to raise close to $1,000,000. She still has a challenge to overcome. She is trying to figure out where to get fuel near Crimea. She is afraid that the Russian government will not let her into the country because of the ongoing political upheaval in that region.
Along with pushing kids never to give up, Rice hopes to get them excited about going into aviation. They will be able to track her journey by text message and on her website.
For details, go to www.thinkglobalflight.org
Sun 'n Fun website: http://www.sun-n-fun.org/flyin.aspx
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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