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Published August 17, 2012, 05:51 PM

Frazee boy becomes pilot for the day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It wasn't too long ago a 5 year old Frazee boy was battling for his life.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It wasn't too long ago a 5 year old Frazee boy was battling for his life.

Now after spending more time in a hospital then at home, today there were no needles, no doctors, just fun, all thanks to the Happy Hooligans Pilot for A Day program.

First morning doughnuts, then suiting up in his official pilot suit, next being sworn in and receiving his patches and stars. 5 year old Garrett Beckwith went from being a normal kid to a General for the day.

Virginia Beckwith/Garrett's mom: "He's just out little miracle baby, he's been going through everything."

Life has been uncertain for little Garrett. After being diagnosed in February with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and a fungal lung infection, His mom Virginia was told by doctors not once but twice to say good bye to her son.

Virginia:" Very hard, that's something I never want to have to go through again."

Looking at Garret as he learns about life saving devices, how to communicate like a real pilot, and the best way to fight a blaze, you might never expect this little boy has been more in his short life, then most of us will in a lifetime.

Virginia: "He came off of a ventilator, on a Thursday and mothers day is when we got to go home, and even just going home it was like you know, how could he have just have fought that and now we're back at home already."

Now after a day filled with family, fun, fire and flight, this tiny general is leaving with not only a survival kit, but memories he and his family can share for a lifetime.

Garrett: "I've seen some pretty important stuff, It's classified right now."

Garrett has to go through 74 more days of hard chemo and will be on maintenance chemo for the next three years.