F-M Skylarks sent dozens of model aircrafts into the air todayFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Today, F-M Skylarks sent dozens of model aircrafts into the air today.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Today, F-M Skylarks sent dozens of model aircrafts into the air today.
But even for experienced flyers, this was more than just a competition.
It's funny how time and money doesn't matter when it comes to something you love.
"Model airplanes have been a part of my life ever since I was born."
Each of these planes cost thousands of dollars to run. Not to mention, the hours of practice it takes to get them up in the air.
"It's always just been a part of what we've done as a family."
Modelers, like Aimee Bagley, are brought up flying. A life-long love she shared with her father.
"We probably spent the most time together doing this hobby."
Her father, Mike Olson, a founder of the FM skylarks began the sport when he was just 10 years old. He competed in hundreds of contests just like this.
"We've been to bulgaria and hungary next year we'll be in Poland."
But Mike's plane would land for last last time in the summer of 2012.
Different flyers from all over the country and Canada are here to remember the same person, Mike Olson.
"Mike was a craft flyer. Whenever you flew against Mike, you knew you were going to have to work a little bit harder."
Just a year after doctors diagnosed him, Mike died of pancreatic cancer.
It didn't matter how much time, or how much money, his family couldn't save him.
"We truly just took every moment and tried to plan as many fun things as we could and do as many possible things with my father as we could and model airplanes was one of those."
And to honor someone they loved so much, this year flyers remember Mike by something he loved.
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
It's expected to rise to the 2nd by year 2020. The cancer also has the lowest survival rate.
Only 6% of people live longer than 5 years after being diagnosed.
That's because there is not an early detection method, and very few treatment options.