This story originally appeared on Babble and is reprinted with permission.
When he was a little boy, Anthony Lickteig-Carter would see airplanes in the sky and dream of flying them one day. After experiencing a life-threatening illness during childhood, the Make-A-Wish foundation stepped in and helped him become a pilot for a day. Now 15 years later, Anthony is living out his dream of flying as a commercial airline pilot.
Anthony was born with gastroschisis, a birth defect that caused his stomach to be outside of his body. The first 10 years of his life involved many surgeries, weekly trips to the doctor, countless lab tests, and lots of missed school. With the love and support of his family and friends, Anthony was able to find some normalcy amidst the hardships. He often visited Post Road, an area by the airport to watch the nearby planes land. Anthony credits these airport …